US soccer star Megan Rapinoe is seemingly impressed to see where women’s soccer is headed. She recently tried her best to shrug off an injury she sustained in her farewell game on Saturday. In Saturday night’s National Women’s Soccer League Championship match, OL Reign suffered a defeat against Gotham FC.
In the sixth minute, Megan Rapinoe went down and she thought she had torn her Achilles. Rapinoe went down with a non-contact injury and attempted to play defense. Medical personnel attended to an emotional Rapinoe before she exited the game, ending her night and career.
Rapinoe gave a hug to Gotham FC player Ali Krieger, a former USWNT teammate who was competing in her last professional match, before she left the field. Rapinoe finished her career with the Reign scoring four goals and recording five assists in 15 matches in 2023. The Reign were the only squad she played on in the NWSL.
Following the match, she revealed that she’s feeling excited for where women’s soccer is now after what her generation has built, and where it’s headed.
“I’m like a proud gay aunt looking down on the league, proud that they’ll take it further,” she said.
Megan Rapinoe is among many who helped build the league. She has now started to move on but left a huge impact. The NWSL just revealed that it has inked a new, lucrative TV agreement worth an estimated $240 million, making it the biggest deal ever for a women’s sports league.
The league is also growing quickly, and the upcoming playoffs will have a more expansive structure. Stars have contributed to the league. In most cases, parity has been reached. There’s new talent on the rise as well.