Megan Rapinoe

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.

Quick Bio

Full nameMegan Anna Rapinoe
Nick nameGumby, Megan Rapinoe
Date of birth5 July, 1985
Place of birthRedding, California, United States
Current age35 years old
Zodiac signCancer
Height5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
Weightaround 55 kg
Religion Christianity
Sexual orientationLesbian
FatherJim Rapinoe
Mother Denise Rapinoe
SiblingsMichael, Jenny, Brian, Rachael
Marital statusUnmarried
BoyfriendSue Bird
ChildrenNot known
ProfessionAssociation football player
Past teamsChicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, MagicJack, Sydney FC, Seattle Sounders Women, Olympique Lyonnais
Current teamOL Reign FC
Playing positionMidfielder, winger
Foot Right
Jersey number15
Salary$46.2 k approx.
Net worth$3.5 million (in 2020)
Instagram username@mrapinoe
Official Facebook page@mPinoe
Official YouTube channelMegan Rapinoe

Physical Appearances

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.

Personal Life

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.

Early Life

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

Club career

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

YearsTeamGame playGoals
2009-2010Chicago Red Stars383
2011Philadephia Independence41
2011Sydney FC21
2012Seattle Sounders Women20
2013-2014Olympique Lyonnais288
2013 -OL Reign7537
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International career

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

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
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
2 2.2 82 Danesha Adams 10–0
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
8 2.2 40 Carli Lloyd 5–0
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
15 2.2 70 Kelley O’Hara 2–2
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
17 2.2 45 unassisted 5–0
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
31 2.2 78 Carli Lloyd 3–1
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
40 2.2 70 unassisted 5–0
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
47 2.2 76 penalty kick 2–1
48 2019-06-28 Paris, France  France off 87′ (on Press) 2.1 5 unassisted 1–0 2–1 World Cup: Quarter-finals
49 2.2 65 Tobin Heath 2–0
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
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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. 

Individual Honors

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

College Honors

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

Club Honors

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

Reign FC                                        

  • NWSL Shield: 2014, 2015

International Honors

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

Social Life

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.

Life Partner

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

  1. Megan Rapinoe is enlisted in the 2020 Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
  2. 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.
  3. After the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she was honored with a parade by her hometown.
  4. 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.
  5. The national team was also honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.  
  6. 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.
  7. In 2016, she appeared in print advertisements for Energy Brand’s Vitamin Water, and she was featured in Nike commercial advertisement starring Cristiano Ronaldo.
  8. Rapinoe was featured in the EA Sports FIFA video game series, along with her national teammates.
  9. In 2020, Megan Rapinoe signed a contract with the international luxury fashion brand Loewe.
  10. Besides her football career, she loves playing soccer, playing guitar and piano, and traveling. She has four tattoos.
  11. 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.


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