Megan Rapinoe faces a pivotal moment as she concludes her illustrious career in the NWSL
|Megan Rapinoe #15 of OL Reign speaks at a press conference ahead of the NWSL Championship at Snapdragon Stadium on November 10, 2023 in San Diego, California(Image-Getty)
Farewell to Rapinoe: NWSL Championship Caps Illustrious Career
Championship on Saturday. The two-time Women's World Cup winner, adorned with achievements such as an Olympic gold, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the 2019 Ballon d'Or, approaches the final match with an unwavering smile, regardless of the outcome.
Having accumulated numerous accolades throughout her career, Rapinoe sees Saturday's clash between Gotham FC and her OL Reign as a final opportunity to secure the National Women's Soccer League championship, a title that has eluded her despite years of effort with the team since its inception.
In her last training session on Friday, the 38-year-old forward aimed to maintain a familiar routine, emphasizing the unique significance of reaching a championship game in her career. She expressed the profound impact this moment will have, creating lasting memories for all involved.
The championship match at San Diego's Snapdragon Stadium marks a turning point for both teams, each vying for their inaugural title in the top-flight American league. Gotham FC bids farewell to beloved defender Ali Krieger, a World Cup winner alongside Rapinoe in 2015 and 2019.
Reign captain Lu Barnes acknowledged the incredible ending for both players, emphasizing the enduring legacy they leave behind. Reflecting on their decade-long journey, Rapinoe and Krieger depart from an NWSL that has evolved significantly, with the league now boasting a robust media presence and a reported record $60 million annual deal with ESPN, CBS, Prime Sports, and Scripps' ION network.
Rapinoe's farewell match last month garnered impressive viewership, with 683,000 tuning in on CBS, setting an NWSL regular-season record. Despite the uncertainties of the championship outcome, Rapinoe expressed her satisfaction with the league's growth and the joy of being part of its exciting journey this year. As she approaches retirement, Rapinoe embraces the moment, leaving the pitch with a contented smile.