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Megan Rapinoe Early Life

Megan Rapinoe (Megan Anna Rapinoe), born July 5, 1985, grew up in Redding, California with her parents, Jim and Denise, and five siblings, including her fraternal twin, Rachael Rapinoe. She idolized her older brother Brian and took up soccer at age three when he started playing. When she was ten and he was fifteen, he was put in juvenile detention, and was thereafter in and out of various prisons including the super-max Pelican Bay State Prison. Brian has since made a determined effort to avoid drugs after seeing his younger sister’s success in international soccer. For both Rachael and Megan, soccer was a means to get away from the drug abuse that is widespread in rural California.

Rapinoe spent most of her youth playing with teams coached by her father until high school. Instead of playing soccer at Foothill High School, Rapinoe played for the Elk Grove Pride club team, located south of Sacramento. She competed in track as a freshman and sophomore; competed in basketball as a freshman, sophomore, and senior; and was on the honor roll every semester of high school. Rapinoe was named Parade and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American as a junior and senior. She was named to McDonald’s All-American Girls High School Soccer West Team in 2004. Rapinoe played for the under-14 Northern California state Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 1999, as well as the regional ODP team in 2002.

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Rapinoe is internationally known for her crafty style of play and her precise cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals against Brazil, which resulted in an equalizer goal and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty shootout. The last-minute goal was awarded ESPN’s 2011 ESPY Award for Best Play of the Year. During the 2012 London Olympics, she scored three goals and tallied a team-high four assists to lead the United States to a gold medal. She is the first player, male or female, to score a goal directly from a corner at the Olympic Games.

Megan Anna Rapinoe Biography and Profile

Megan Rapinoe, born July 5 1985, is a successful women’s soccer player who has achieved a gold medal in the women’s World Cup and Olympics. However, for those of you who have followed Megan over the course of her career, you know she is so much more than a successful athlete. She is an advocate for equality in every aspect of the word– women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, refugee rights, and many more forms of equality across our globe. Her approach to the world is simple– be kind, be authentic, and help others do the same.

With the help of her twin sister, Rachael, Megan has been able to intersect her passion for humanity and authenticity by creating a company, Rapinoe SC. The ultimate mission of their brand is to help people of all ages and backgrounds tap into their own individuality and uniqueness by living in the true essence of Being Your Best You.

Megan Rapinoe is an irresistible force—on and off the field. Playful, inventive and out-of-the-box, she injects the U.S. WNT with the creativity and hunger she’s had since she grew up roaming the fields in Redding, CA, with her twin sister and older brother. She’s delivered for the United States in the biggest of moments—perhaps most memorably in overtime against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup when she sent a fifty-yard wonder-cross to Abby Wambach in overtime and that “beast in the air just got a hold of it.” Since then, she continued to turn out big-time goals and big-time assists in the 2012 Olympics and 2015 World Cup. Now, the part-time captain and leader of the team will aim to do the same at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Rapinoe is an advocate for numerous LGBT organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Athlete Ally. In 2013, she was awarded the board of directors Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. She is sponsored by Nike, Samsung, and DJO Global, and has appeared in multiple promotional pieces for clothing company Wildfang, as well as for Nike. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and magicJack in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France’s Division 1 Féminine.

Beyonf the Field

Ever since Rapinoe scored a goal against Colombia in the 2011 World Cup and then headed to the corner to serenade the flag with “Born in the USA,” she’s established herself as someone who leaves an impression. She’s used that sway beyond the field—a constant voice for equal rights whether the discussion is focused on gender, race or sexual preference. She also runs a camp with twin sister, Rachael, where she passes on the values that have made her great: having fun and working hard. Her favorite part is talking with the kids. When it’s time to rotate to her station, the campers sit down and ask her anything they want—like “how did you get to be you?”


Rapinoe considers herself lucky to have played in the Pacific Northwest (with the Seattle Reign, now Reign FC) for the past five years: “We’ve got strong ownership and great coaches and a super professional environment, and we live in a great city. It’s a very easy place to play. We don’t have as many fans as say Portland, but the fans we do have are passionate.” Rapinoe’s girlfriend, Sue Bird, is a fellow Seattle sports star, a professional basketball player for the Storm. Sue is five years older and Pinoe says, “looking at her was like a snapshot of what my future could be.” Meaning you can continue to dominate your sport even in your mid-thirties. Dating Sue has meant picking up some of her training habits and diet patterns—and Pinoe is probably the fittest and most in shape she’s been in her career.

Megan Rapinoe Personal life

Rapinoe spent most of her youth playing with teams coached by her father until high school. Instead of playing soccer at Foothill High School, Rapinoe played for the Elk Grove Pride club team, located south of Sacramento. She competed in track as a freshman and sophomore; competed in basketball as a freshman, sophomore, and senior; and was on the honor roll every semester of high school. Rapinoe was named Parade and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American as a junior and senior. She was named to McDonald’s All-American Girls High School Soccer West Team in 2004. Rapinoe played for the under-14 Northern California state Olympic Development Program (ODP) team in 1999, as well as the regional ODP team in 2002.

Elk Grove United, 2002–2005

From 2002 to 2005, Rapinoe played for Elk Grove Pride in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) along with her twin sister, Rachael, and future national teammate, Stephanie Cox. She and her family commuted two-and-a-half hours from her hometown to play with the team. During the US Youth Soccer National Championships, she scored an equalizer goal in the 18th minute to tie the game 1–1 against the Peachtree City Lazers. Elk Grove United finished second at the nationals after the Lazers scored a game-winning goal in the second half.

University of Portland Pilots, 2005–2008

Rapinoe and her sister both attended the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. The Rapinoe twins almost committed to Santa Clara University before choosing to play for the Portland Pilots on full scholarships. Rapinoe played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2004, where the United States finished third. The result was that she did not play college soccer in that year.

In 2005, as a freshman, Rapinoe helped the Pilots to an undefeated season and the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. During the College Cup quarterfinal against Notre Dame, she scored twice and served one assist, helping the Pilots win 3–1 and advance in the College Cup. During the College Cup final against UCLA, she scored one goal and served an assist helping the Pilots win 4–0. She was named NSCAA First Team All-American and was on the Soccer America First Team Freshman All-America. Rapinoe made the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship All Tournament Team and was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team and the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team. Rapinoe played and started all 25 games as an attacking midfielder, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for 43 points – ranking fifth for freshman point totals in the school’s history. That year, she also scored seven game-winning goals.

“I know this sounds weird, but getting hurt was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It really gave me a different perspective. Before, everything was going how it was supposed to be and I wasn’t really appreciative of what I was doing and what it took to be there. The injury grounded me in a lot of different ways. The rehab process makes you stronger on all fronts, mentally and physically. I feel stronger and a better person for it. I would never wish it on anyone, but I don’t wish I could take it back.” — Megan Rapinoe

As a sophomore in 2006, Rapinoe was among the nation’s leading scorers with ten goals and two assists in eleven matches. During a match against Washington State University on October 5, she suffered her first season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) injury. Despite her injury, she was one of four Portland players in the program’s history, including Christine Sinclair, Tiffeny Milbrett, and Shannon MacMillan, to score 25 goals and 15 assists in two seasons. In 2007, Rapinoe suffered her second season-ending ACL injury two games into the season. She was granted a medical hardship waiver by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) but did not use it.

After taking her time to recover from her second ACL injury, Rapinoe returned for the 2008 season and was on the starting lineup in all 22 games for the Pilots. She helped the team secure a 20–2 record scoring five goals and serving 13 assists. Her 13 assists ranked first for the Pilots as well as in the West Coast Conference and she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year. She was also named a Soccer America First-Team All-American and NSCAA Second Team All-American. Although she had one more season of college eligibility remaining due to her NCAA medical hardship waiver, she opted to enter the Women’s Professional Soccer Draft instead. Rapinoe’s 88-point career, including 30 goals and 28 assists, ranks tenth in the school’s history despite her playing only 60 games.

Rapinoe knew that she was gay by her first year in college. She publicly came out in the July 2012 edition of Out magazine, stating that she had been in a relationship with Australian soccer player Sarah Walsh since 2009. After approximately five years together, Rapinoe and Walsh ended their relationship in 2013. Rapinoe later dated Sub Pop recording artist Sera Cahoone. Rapinoe and Cahoone announced their engagement in August 2015. In January 2017, Rapinoe stated that their wedding plans were on hold. On July 20, 2017, Seattle Storm player Sue Bird and Rapinoe confirmed that they had been dating since late 2016. In 2018, Bird and Rapinoe became the first same-sex couple on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue.


Rapinoe also garnered national attention for kneeling during the national anthem at an International match in September 2016. She said it was an attempt to draw awareness to a social inequality in the US, in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. During the 2015 World Cup, she stood in silence for the national anthem. She had earlier been outspoken about the selection process for the World Cup stadiums, and how 45 of the 52 games would be played on artificial turf, its first use in a Senior Women’s or Men’s World Cup.

In March 2019, Rapinoe, along with 27 of her US Women’s soccer teammates filed a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation accusing it of gender discrimination. This stems from the fight for equal pay. Rapinoe has been involved in the women’s team’s equal pay complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since at least 2016.


Rapinoe has done philanthropic work for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. In 2013, she became an ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that focuses on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.

In September 2017, Rapinoe and U.S. teammate Alex Morgan were part of a group of soccer players who signed up for the “Common Goal” campaign created by Juan Mata of Manchester United. As participants in the campaign, players donate one percent of their individual wages in support of other soccer-related charities. Rapinoe and Morgan were the first two women players to sign on to the campaign.


Rapinoe has signed endorsement deals with Nike and Samsung. She has appeared in multiple commercials for Nike. In 2013, she appeared in advertisements for the clothing company Wildfang and began a partnership with medical device company, DJO Global. In 2016, she appeared in television commercials and print advertisements for Energy Brands’ Vitamin Water. The same year, she was featured in a Nike commercial starring Cristiano Ronaldo.

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

In the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 7, Rapinoe scored the opening goal from a penalty kick as the United States defeated the Netherlands by a score of 2–0. In doing so, Rapinoe became the oldest woman to score in a World Cup final and secured the Golden Boot award as the top scorer in the tournament with six goals, having played fewer minutes than her teammate Alex Morgan. She was also named player of the match. Rapinoe also earned the Golden Ball award as the best player at the tournament.

Megan Anna Rapinoe Biography and Profile

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