Megan Anna Rapinoe is a professional American women’s soccer player. She plays for OL Reign of the NSWL, National Women’s Soccer League, as a winger or midfielder, and she is also a member of the United States national team. Rapinoe is the captain of OL Reign, and she played soccer from an early age and has achieved many honors during her football career. She is internationally known for her craft style of play and activism.
|Full name||Megan Anna Rapinoe|
|Nick name||Gumby, Megan Rapinoe|
|Date of birth||5 July, 1985|
|Place of birth||Redding, California, United States|
|Current age||35 years old|
|Height||5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)|
|Weight||around 55 kg|
|Siblings||Michael, Jenny, Brian, Rachael|
|Profession||Association football player|
|Past teams||Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, MagicJack, Sydney FC, Seattle Sounders Women, Olympique Lyonnais|
|Current team||OL Reign FC|
|Playing position||Midfielder, winger|
|Salary||$46.2 k approx.|
|Net worth||$3.5 million (in 2020)|
|Official Facebook page||@mPinoe|
|Official YouTube channel||Megan Rapinoe|
Megan Rapinoe stands 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall and weighs around 55 kg. She has short blond hair with brown eyes. Williams has an athletic build body type, and she is of American descent belonging to the white ethnic group. Megan appears to be tall and has a stunning body measurement of 32-26-34. She considered herself a tomboy since she was a teenager.
The famous football player, Megan Rapinoe, was born on 5 July 1985 in Redding, California, United States. She was born to her father, Jim Rapinoe, and mother, Jim Rapinoe. Megan grew up with her parents and five siblings, Michael, Jenny, Brian, and Rachael. Michael and Jenny are her step-siblings, her older brother Brian started playing soccer at the age of three, and her fraternal twin Rachael also played soccer.
In her first year in college, she knew that she was a lesbian. She came out stating that she had been in a relationship with Sarah Walsh since 2009.
Megan Rapinoe has been playing football since a young age. She has received a lot of honors and has achieved her goals in her junior and senior years. Rapinoe started playing football at a young age with her fraternal twin Rachael Rapinoe. Megan studied at Foothill High school, Redding, and later she attended the University of Portland, Oregon.
Foothill High School
Until high school, Megan Rapinoe was coached by her father. Instead of playing football for Foothill High School, she played for Elk Grove Pride, located in Sacramento. As a freshman, she competed in basketball. Rapinoe was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American and Parade All-American as a junior and senior. She was also named to the McDonald’s All-American Girls High School Soccer West Team in 2004.
Elk Grove United, 2002 – 2005
Along with her sister and national teammate, Stephanie Cox, Megan Rapinoe played for the Elk Grove Pride from 2002 to 2005. The whole family commuted two and a half hours from her hometown to play with the team.
The University of Portland, 2005 -2008
Both the fraternal twins, Megan and Rachael, attended the University of Portland, Oregon. They were almost committed to Santa Clara University before getting a full scholarship to play for the Portland Pilots. Megan could not play college soccer as she played in the 2004 FIFA U19 Women’s World Championship. As a freshman, Megan helped the Portland Pilots to NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship and an undefeated season. She was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, NSCAA First Team All-America, and All-West Coast Conference First Team. In 2005, Rapinoe scored seven game-winning goals.
In eleven matches, Megan Rapinoe scored ten goals with two assists, and she was one of the nation’s leading scorers. During a match against Washington State University, Rapinoe suffered from the first ACL injury. In 2007, she suffered from her second ACL injury. She was also granted a medical hardship waiver by the National Collegiate Athletic Association but did not use it. After recovering from her injury, she returned for the 2008 season. Despite playing only 60 games, she was ranked tenth in the school’s history by scoring 30 goals with 28 assists.
Megan Rapinoe started her club career in the year 2009. She has played for Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, MagicJack, Sydney FC, Seattle Sounders Women, and Olympique Lyonnais. She is currently playing for the club OL Reign as a midfielder or winger.
Chicago Red Stars, 2009 – 2011
For the inaugural WPS season, Megan Rapinoe was selected second in the 2009 WPS Draft by Chicago Red Stars. She played in the 2009 WPS All-Star Game against Umeå IK. In December 2010, she signed a contract with the Philadelphia Independence. Before being traded to MagicJack, she played in four matches and scored one goal. She scored two goals for the club in her eight regular seasons. On 25 October 2011, the Women’s Professional Soccer voted to terminate the MagicJack franchise.
Sydney FC and Seattle Sounders Women, 2011 – 2012
In October 2011, Megan Rapinoe signed with Sydney FC as a guest player for two games. In her second game, she played for the club against Melbourne Victory. Rapinoe made two appearances for the season and scored a goal. For the summer of 2012, Megan Rapinoe played with the Seattle Sounders and her fellow national teammates. She made two appearances for the season, but she could not score any goal with two assists.
Olympique Lyonnais, 2013 – 2014
Megan Rapinoe signed a six months contract with Olympique Lyonnais in January 2013. She scored two goals by playing as a left-winger in the squad of 4-3-3 formation. Rapinoe made her first UEFA Women’s Champions League debut in the quarterfinal match against FC Malmö. She became the fifth American woman in soccer history to play in the finale of the Champions League. With one assist, she scored two goals and concluded the Champions League. After returning for the 2013-2014 season, she made eight appearances and scored three goals. In January 2014, it was announced that Megan Rapinoe had ended her journey with the Olympique Lyonnais.
OL Reign FC, 2013 – present
Megan Rapinoe was previously allocated to Seattle Reign FC, and in 2013, she again joined the club. In the match against Chicago, she scored two goals with one assist, and she was named NWSL Player of the Week. During the home match of the season, Rapinoe suffered from a foot injury. But she made her comeback in the match against Western New York Flash.
In the 2015 season, she scored her first professional hat trick in the first match against Western New York Flash. She served as an assistant to help the OL Reign defeat Western New York Flash by 5-1. Along with 11 other players, Rapinoe was recognized as Reign FC Legend in September 2019.
Senior career statistics
|2009-2010||Chicago Red Stars||38||3|
|2012||Seattle Sounders Women||2||0|
|2013 -||OL Reign||75||37|
Megan Rapinoe has not only been active in the national game, but she has also been playing international matches in the football industry. She has played matches against many countries all over the world.
Youth national teams
She played for the United States U16 national soccer team in the 2002 season. From 2003 to 2005, she played for the U-19 national team and scored nine goals in 21 matches. Rapinoe scored her first goal in the match against Mexico on 1 March 2003. During the 2004 FIFA Women’s World Championship, she scored three goals. Because of her ACL injury, she could not play in 2007 and 2008 and missed the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
At the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Megan Rapinoe scored against China and Sweden, and twice against Guatemala. The team traveled to Italy to play in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Rapinoe was named to the US roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. After the match against Brazil, Rapinoe was named ESPN’s Next Level Player of the Week. She played in all six matches in the tournament, scoring a goal with three assists.
2012 London Olympics
Megan Rapinoe helped the national team to win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. In a match against Colombia, she scored a game-winning goal. During a semi-final match against Canada, she scored two goals in the 54th and 70th minutes. She is the first and only player to score an Olimpico at the Olympic Games.
The US national team won a gold medal defeating Japan at the Wembley Stadium. She was one of the Olympic Games’ top players and was named to many “Team of the Tournament” lists, including those selected by All White Kit and BBC. Megan Rapinoe achieved her best eight goals and 12 assists in 2020.
2013 Algarve Cup
Despite playing only two matches out of four, Rapinoe was named the “Player of the Tournament” at the 2013 Algarve Cup. She was injured during the practice so; she could not play in the final match defeating Germany.
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Megan Rapinoe was named to the list for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the match against Australia, Rapinoe scored the opening goal in the 12th minute and the second goal in the 78th minute. She also tore her anterior cruciate ligament in late 2015. The training was later canceled because of poor field conditions.
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
In May 2019, Megan Rapinoe was named to the roster for the United States 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She played in matches against Spain, France, and other countries. Because of her hamstring injury, she was unable to play in the semi-final victory over England. But, she recovered in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup’s final match against the Netherlands. Megan Rapinoe was 34 years old during this tournament, and she was the oldest woman to score in the final match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was named Player of the Match and was also awarded the Golden Boot as a top scorer by scoring six goals. Rapinoe also earned the Golden Ball award as the best player in the game.
International score details
|1||2006-10-01[m 1]||Carson, California||Chinese Taipei||on 79′ (off Tarpley)||2.1||79||Abby Wambach||9–0||10–0||Friendly match|
|3||2009-03-09[m 2]||Ferreiras, Portugal||Norway||off 70′ (on DiMartino)||1.1||21||Amy Rodriguez||1–0||1–0||Algarve Cup: Group B|
|4||2009-05-25[m 3]||Toronto||Canada||off 79′ (on Tarpley)||1.1||46||Heather O’Reilly||2–0||4–0||Friendly match|
|5||2010-07-17[m 4]||Hartford, Connecticut||Sweden||off 36′ (on Lilly)||1.1||33||Shannon Boxx||1–0||3–0|
|6||2010-10-02[m 5]||Kennesaw, Georgia||China PR||Start||1.1||21||Heather O’Reilly||1–0||2–1|
|7||2010-10-30[m 6]||Cancún, Mexico||Guatemala||Start||2.1||22||unassisted||2–0||9–0||World Cup qualifier: Group B|
|9||2011-03-02[m 7]||Santo Antonio, Portugal||Japan||off 46′ (on Heath)||1.1||18||Heather O’Reilly||2–0||2–1||Algarve Cup: Group A|
|10||2011-04-02[m 8]||London||England||off 70′ (on Heath)||1.1||39||Shannon Boxx||1–2||1–2||Friendly match|
|11||2011-07-02[m 9]||Sinsheim, Germany||Colombia||on 46′ (off Rodriguez)||1.1||50||Lauren Holiday||2–0||3–0||World Cup: Group C|
|12||2012-01-22[m 10]||Vancouver||Guatemala||Start||1.1||75||Alex Morgan||11–0||13–0||Olympic qualifier: Group B|
|13||2012-07-28[m 11]||Glasgow||Colombia||off 81′ (on Rodriguez)||1.1||33||Alex Morgan||1–0||3–0||Olympics: Group G|
|14||2012-08-06[m 12]||Manchester||Canada||Start||2.1||54||unassisted||1–1||4–3 aet||Olympics: Semi-finals|
|16||2012-09-01[m 13]||Rochester, New York||Costa Rica||off 55′ (on Rodriguez)||2.1||13||unassisted||1–0||8–0||Friendly match|
|18||2012-12-01[m 14]||Glendale, Arizona||Ireland||off 59′ (on Rodriguez)||1.1||38||Alex Morgan||2–0||2–0|
|19||2012-12-15[m 15]||Boca Raton, Florida||China PR||off 65′ (on Leroux)||1.1||36||unassisted||2–0||4–1|
|20||2013-02-13[m 16]||Nashville, Tennessee||Scotland||Start||1.1||21||unassisted||1–0||3–1|
|21||2013-03-08[m 17]||Albufeira, Portugal||China PR||Start||1.1||46||unassisted||3–0||5–0||Algarve Cup: Group B|
|22||2013-04-05[m 18]||Offenbach, Germany||Germany||Start||1.1||55||Abby Wambach||2–0||3–3||Friendly match|
|23||2013-10-27[m 19]||San Francisco, California||New Zealand||Start||1.1||7||unassisted||1–0||4–1|
|note[n 1]||2014-02-13[m 20]||Atlanta, Georgia||Russia||Start||1.1||65||Morgan Brian||5–0||8–0|
|24||2014-03-10[m 21]||Albufeira, Portugal||Denmark||on 54′ (off O’Reilly)||1.1||68||Carli Lloyd||3–4||3–5||Algarve Cup: Group B|
|25||2014-04-06[m 22]||Commerce City, Colorado||China PR||on 67′ (off Holiday)||1.1||78||unassisted||2–0||2–0||Friendly match|
|26||2014-08-20[m 23]||Cary, North Carolina||Switzerland||off 78′ (on Brian)||1.1||3||Sydney Leroux||1–0||4–1|
|27||2014-09-19[m 24]||Rochester, New York||Mexico||off 45′ (on Wambach)||1.1||37||unassisted||2–0||4–0|
|28||2014-10-17[m 25]||Chicago, Illinois||Guatemala||Start||1.1||66||unassisted||5–0||5–0||World Cup qualifier: Group A|
|29||2014-12-14[m 26]||Brasília, Brazil||Brazil||off 64′ (on Press)||1.1||9||Abby Wambach||2–0||2–3||Tournament of Brasilia|
|30||2015-06-08[m 27]||Winnipeg||Australia||off 87′ (on Brian)||2.1||12||unassisted||1–0||3–1||World Cup: Group D|
|32||2017-07-31[m 28]||San Diego, California||Brazil||off 91′ (on Williams)||1.1||85||Christen Press||3–3||4–3||2017 Tournament of Nations|
|33||2017-08-03[m 29]||Carson, California||Japan||off 73′ (on Leroux)||1.1||12||Christen Press||1–0||3–0|
|34||2017-10-19[m 30]||New Orleans, Louisiana||South Korea||off 63′ (on Dunn)||1.1||52||penalty kick||3–1||3–1||Friendly match|
|35||2018-03-02[m 31]||Columbus, Ohio||Germany||off 86′ (on Sonnett)||1.1||17||Alex Morgan||1–0||1–0||2018 SheBelieves Cup|
|36||2018-04-08[m 32]||Houston, Texas||Mexico||Start||1.1||64||unassisted||5–2||6–2||Friendly match|
|37||2018-06-12[m 33]||Cleveland, Ohio||China PR||off 57′ (on Lloyd)||1.1||35||Christen Press||1–0||2–1|
|38||2018-07-26||Kansas City, Kansas||Japan||off 74′ (on Short)||1.1||66||unassisted||4–1||4–2||2018 Tournament of Nations|
|39||2018-10-04[m 34]||Cary, North Carolina||Mexico||Start||1.1||3||Lindsay Horan||4–0||6–0||2018 CONCACAF Championship|
|41||2018-10-14[m 35]||Frisco, Texas||Jamaica||off 46′ (on Press)||1.1||15||Abby Dahlkemper||2–0||6–0|
|42||2019-02-27[m 36]||Chester, Pennsylvania||Japan||Start||1.1||23||Tobin Heath||1–0||2–2||2019 SheBelieves Cup|
|43||2019-03-02[m 37]||Nashville, Tennessee||England||Start||1.1||33||unassisted||1–0||2–2|
|44||2019-04-04[m 38]||Commerce City, Colorado||Australia||off 66′ (on Pugh)||1.1||61||unassisted||3–2||5–3||Friendly match|
|45||2019-06-11[m 39]||Reims, France||Thailand||Start||1.1||79||Mallory Pugh||9–0||13–0||World Cup: Group F|
|46||2019-06-24[m 40]||Reims, France||Spain||off 90+7′ (on Press)||2.1||7||penalty kick||1–0||2–1||World Cup: Round of 16|
|48||2019-06-28||Paris, France||France||off 87′ (on Press)||2.1||5||unassisted||1–0||2–1||World Cup: Quarter-finals|
|50||2019-07-07||Lyon, France||Netherlands||off 79′ (on Press)||1.1||61||penalty kick||1–0||2–0||World Cup: Final|
|51||2020-02-09[m 41]||Carson, California||Canada||on 62′ (off McDonald)||1.1||87||Lynn Williams||3–0||3–0||Olympic qualifier: Final|
|52||2020-03-11[m 42]||Frisco, Texas||Japan||off 61′ (on Pugh)||1.1||7||unassisted||1–0||3–1||2020 SheBelieves Cup: Final|
Achievements and Honors
Megan Rapinoe is a professional football player. In her soccer career, she has received many honors starting from her college life to international games.
Some of her achievements are mentioned below:
- NWSL Player of the Week: 2013 Week 16, 2015 Week 1, 2017 Week 11 and Week 14, 2018 Week 1 and Week 7
- Algarve Cup MVP: 2013
- NWSL Second XI: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
- NWSL Best XI: 2018
- The Best FIFA Women’s Player: 2019
- IFFHS World’s Best Woman Playmaker: 2019
- Ballon d’Or Féminin: 2019
- FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Player of the Match: 2019
- IFFHS Women’s World Team: 2019
- FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Ball: 2019
- FIFPro World XI: 2019, 2020
During her college days, Megan Rapinoe was named for many honors. Some of her college awards are listed below:
- NSCAA All-American
- Parade All-American
Some of her club achievements are mentioned below:
- Coupe de France Féminine: 2012–2013
- Division 1 Féminine: 2012–2013
- UEFA Women’s Champions League runner-up: 2012–2013
- NWSL Shield: 2014, 2015
Some of her international achievements are mentioned below:
- FIFA Women’s World Cup: runner-up: 2011, and 2015, 2019,
- Algarve Cup: 2011, 2013, 2015
- Olympic Gold Medal: 2012
- CONCACAF Women’s Championship: 2014, 2018
- Tournament of Nations: 2018
- SheBelieves Cup: 2018, 2020
- CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2020
Megan Rapinoe is actively involved in social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and she regularly updates her profile. Rapinoe has her own YouTube channel with 4.83k subscribers. On exploring her social face, she is a fun-loving and adventurous person. She has a tremendous number of fans and admirers over the social media landscape. Her Instagram username is @mrapinoe, having a total of 2.2m followers. She has made over 1k posts. You can also tweet her. She has around 915.6k followers with over 7k tweets, and her Twitter handler is @mPinoe. The official Facebook page of Megan is Megan Rapinoe, with about 735k followers and 488.9k Facebook likes.
The famous soccer player Megan Rapinoe is in a romantic relationship with her boyfriend, Sue Bird, a professional American basketball player. They were in a relationship since July 2017. Although Megan is regularly spotted with her partner, there is no report about their wedding. The couple announced their engagement on 30 October 2020. In 2018, Rapinoe and Bird became the first same-sex couple on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue.
Net Worth and Salary
Megan Rapinoe is paid a healthy amount of salary. Most of her income comes from being a football player and signing endorsement deals. She has done many endorsements works for brands like Samsung and Nike. Rapinoe has also appeared in the advertisements for a clothing company named Wildfang, and she was sponsored by Hulu, VISA, LUNA Bar, Procter & Gamble, and BodyArmor. Rapinoe has made her appearances on Good Morning America, Meet the Press, The Today Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her decent salary is expected to be $46.2k. As of 2020, her net worth is roughly $3.5 million.
Some Interesting Facts About Megan Rapinoe
- Megan Rapinoe is enlisted in the 2020 Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
- She has won many achievements, including the Olympic Gold Medal: 2012, Algarve Cup: 2011, 2013, 2015, NWSL Best XI: 2018, The Best FIFA Women’s Player: 2019, Ballon d’Or Féminin: 2019, FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Player of the Match: 2019, CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2020, and many more.
- After the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she was honored with a parade by her hometown.
- At the win of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Megan and her teammates were honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City, and they received a key to the city from the current Mayor Bill de Blasio.
- The national team was also honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.
- Along with other athletes, Rapinoe was also inducted into the Shasta Country Sports Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
- In 2016, she appeared in print advertisements for Energy Brand’s Vitamin Water, and she was featured in Nike commercial advertisement starring Cristiano Ronaldo.
- Rapinoe was featured in the EA Sports FIFA video game series, along with her national teammates.
- In 2020, Megan Rapinoe signed a contract with the international luxury fashion brand Loewe.
- Besides her football career, she loves playing soccer, playing guitar and piano, and traveling. She has four tattoos.
- Her favorite beverage is Coffee, her favorite person is Lori Lindsey, her Favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption, and Favorite song is Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker.