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Name Megan Rapinoe
Gender Female
Ethnic American
Job American Footballer
Desc 2019 was a special year in the storied career of Megan Rapinoe. Women’s World Cup success with USA was capped with the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Boot, reflecting the integral part she played in adding a fourth star to her country’s jersey. Rapinoe found the net in all of USA’s knockout games in which she featured at France 2019

Affiliation

Org USA Women National Team
Club as Player xxxx

2015 11 07 Retrieve

[USA midfielder Megan Rapinoe on Abby Wambach who recently announced that she will retire at the end of 2015] There’s a fearless spirit that is ingrained in American women’s soccer that we all owe to Abby Wambach

2015 12 12 Retrieve

[USA women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe after suffering a torn right knee ligament during training] I want to thank my team-mates and the staff for the amazing support I’ve received so far. I know I’ll be in the best of hands moving forward and I’ll be doing everything I can to get healthy as soon as possible. This is obviously a very difficult time, but I do feel super confident in my recovery as I’ve gone through this before and I know what the process will be like

2018 08 18 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe speaks about what she wants her legacy to be] I feel too young for the legacy question! But I guess I’m getting old, so I have to accept that. I want people to remember me on the field as they do off it - someone who was passionate and lived with joy and happiness, who gave everything, was a good team-mate, who loved the game and tried to play it the right way and really enjoyed every minute I was able to play

2018 10 06 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe reveals the challenges that she and her team-mates went through during the team’s overhaul since winning a third world title at Canada 2015] The last two years, there was so much changeover with the team, it was so broad with so many different players and formations and line-ups, and it sort of made it purposely chaotic. I think it forced us individually, and as a team, to figure it out, and everyone who has figured it out is now narrowed into this group here at qualifying and we’re working well with each other. It was challenging and sometimes frustrating, but we’re out on the other side of it and much better for it

2019 04 24 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe lists her Mount Rushmore of women’s football] Marta is … probably the best player that we’ve ever seen

2019 06 28 Retrieve

[Women’s World Cup recap - U.S. beats France 2-1 on two Megan Rapinoe goals] We have such a tight group. It’s obviously a cliche to say it. Everybody wants to have that. But we really do have a group that really does just want to win

2019 09 28 Retrieve

I never really want to put a limit on myself, but I think we’re probably pretty close to the top right now! The last couple of years have definitely been the top, but I think to put it all together into the most important tournament for us and to be able to bring the trophy home for our country again, that’s got to be a high for me

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe on racism in football] If there’s ever an instance of racism, if every single player on the field is not outraged then to me they’re part of the problem

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe speaks about her future aspirations and her hopes for the future of the National Women’s Soccer League] I’d be a great owner. I want to own one of these teams. If the only thing that’s said about us is how inspiring we are to little girls, then our marketing plan is a complete and utter failure. Make me want to go to the game

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe has urged Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, as well as other leading male superstars, to be more outspoken on social issues including racism and sexism] I want to shout, ‘Cristiano, Leo, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], help me’. These big stars do not engage in anything when there are so many problems in men’s football. Do they have the fear of losing everything? They believe that but it’s not true. Who would scratch Messi or Ronaldo’s names from the world of football for a statement against racism or sexism?

[Rapinoe suggested recognition of her individual achievements was in part due to the way she has been open to discussing key topics] This Ballon d’Or rewards both. On the one hand, I am a very good footballer. On the other hand, my activism attracts support. People understand that I act to find solutions to the problems in our society. The idea is to empower others to speak loudly

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe talks after winning The Guardian Footballer of the Year] I feel like this World Cup really touched people’s lives. There was this sense that we all won, like it was something bigger. People have these really emotional connections and experiences with the World Cup

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Megan Rapinoe speaks about her passion for fashion] As we start to progress, and our sport becomes more popular and we start to become more successful, you have fashion designers wanting athletes who have become culturally significant. I think that fashion is a really good indication and case study for the progression of women’s sports

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Rapinoe was among the players to voice their anger regarding U.S. Soccer’s wording following Wednesday’s win] We’ve sort of felt that those are some of the undercurrent feelings that they’ve had for a long time. But to see that as the argument, as blatant misogyny and sexism as the argument against us, is really disappointing

But I just want to say, it’s all false. To every girl out there, to every boy out there, who watches this team, who wants to be on this team, or just wants to live their dream out, you are not lesser just because you’re a girl. You are not better just because you’re a boy

We’re all created equal and should all have the equal opportunity to go out and pursue our dreams, and for us that means playing on the soccer field. So, everything that was in that deposition, what they said in the argument is just not true. Don’t ever believe that

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Rapinoe insist players need time to prepare for competitive football] However long I’ve been in lockdown, that’s the length that my pre-season needs to be. I can’t just jump back into it

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Rapinoe continues Trump feud by labeling U.S. President as ‘white nationalist’] I think we know that immigration does not cause loss of jobs. Immigration is actually good for the economy. We know that women in the workforce is good for the economy. We know that equality is good for the economy. We know that mass incarceration is bad for the economy. We know that mass incarceration is bad for society and ends up costing us more money in the long run, the war on drugs, whatever it may be. I think that that has proven to be really detrimental. Now, obviously, we have a white nationalist, I think, in the White House and the spewing of hate and the ‘othering’ of the rest of the country has only led to more strife between people and more despair and more anxiety and more fear going forward. There’s been nothing to ease Donald Trump’s base, really. There’s been nothing, it’s not like he’s given them a bunch of jobs. It’s not like he’s made life really better for them, he’s just given them this false reason why maybe they’re not happy with their lives. There’s been no sort of path forward

[Rapinoe said the idea of a political career still seems wild but she’s not going to shut the door on it] I mean, President, of course. If I’m going to do, I want the biggest, baddest post. That way, I can be the president, but then I get to pick everyone else who’s way smarter and way more qualified and way better at everything to actually do the thing. I’m not here being like ‘I’m the smartest, I should be the president.’ I’m actually like ‘I’m wholly unqualified for probably any position in government,’ but I’ve got that little bit of humility where I can be like ‘You’re smarter, you do this, you do this, you do this.