A Note From Rapinoe SC

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Dear Rapinoe SC Family, In the past few weeks there have been many conversations about Megan and other professional athletes’ protest during the playing of the National Anthem. We know these protests are sensitive and controversial, but we have seen them spur important conversations about core issues in our beautiful country. We have received an outpouring of support and encouragement these past few weeks, and we are so appreciative to all of you who have reached out. Our company was founded on the belief that the world will be a better place when everyone has the freedom to be their best selves. We will continue to spread that message through our brand and we hope everyone who interacts with us online or at events genuinely experiences this from us. Megan will be issuing a formal statement through the Players’ Tribune … Read More

Things I learned in Rio de Janeiro

Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Saturday, August 6, 2016: The USWNT defeat France 1-0 in Group G play during the 2016 Olympics at Mineirão stadium.

#ISIPhotos @BradSmithImages O futebol não tem lógica. Football has no logic. Full stop. Sometimes this beautiful game may trick you into thinking that it has logic, like Neymar winning Gold in his countries famed home stadium, but don’t be fooled, this is only because the storyline ended the way you wanted it to this time. Beware of the next time. The Olympics, and being an Olympian are unbelievably special, even if you don’t win Gold. I have always been an insane fan of the Olympic games. I watch every event, every backstory, watched the tears fall from athletes’ eyes as their hard earned Gold medal is placed around their neck. As it was in London, it was in Rio, an absolute childhood dream come true. The Olympics are definitely more awesome when you win Gold. You have somewhat of a … Read More

I Get To Play

St. Louis, MO - April 4, 2015: The USWNT defeated New Zealand 4-0 during their friendly at Busch Stadium.

I GET TO PLAY TODAY!!!!!! I sat at my computer for a few minutes trying to find the right way to say this, but it really is this simple. For the first time since October of last year, I get to do what I absolutely love– I get to play.  I get to pull that jersey over my head, USA across the left side of my chest, RAPINOE across my shoulders, and play for my country– in the OLYMPICS! Of course, with everything thing that I have overcome this year it is very special, but no matter what you go through, injuries or not, struggles or not, being an Olympian is an incredible and special experience.I know there will be some rust that needs to be dusted off and some kinks to work out, but I am just ready to … Read More

Booooom Baaaby

Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Wednesday, August 3, 2016: The USWNT go on to defeat New Zealand 2-0 in Group G play during the 2016 Olympics at Mineirão stadium. BRAD SMITH #ISIPHOTOS

Let me tell you— it settles the collective nerves when we score early! It was a great start not only for the game, but for the tournament as well. Because we play every third day, this tournament in particular is all about managing the nerves, as well as the highs and lows. We were thrilled with the result last night, but after waking up this morning it’s about moving on and preparing for the match against the French, Saturday. I always relish the opportunity to suit up against the French. I still have friends on that team that I have been chatting with this week, giving them the “bonne chance, mais juste un peu” which means good luck, but just a little! And of course, they are a fantastic team that will bring out the best in ours. These are … Read More

I’m a kid again

Washington, DC - July 25, 2016: The USWNT train during camp in Washington, DC, before departing for Brazil.

A couple of weeks back, during our training camp in Denver, we tried on all the shirts, shorts, jackets, medal stand attire, opening ceremony and closing ceremony attire. We tried on every size shoe, tights, tanks, jerseys, socks, sunglasses, and made sure the backpack was what we needed. I knew what was going to be in those bags, almost like an itemized list in my head, question was if I was going to get one, or not? Fast forward to now: we are in D.C. in the very final stages of domestic preparation for Rio, and there it is, my name written in thick black sharpie on the side of the gigantic box shipped to our hotel. MEGAN RAPINOE, SOCCER. It was late last night when I finally got to my room, but I actually could not resist! You know the saying, “act … Read More

We are going to RIO

Ottawa, Canada - June 23, 2015:  The USWNT traveled to Ottawa for their quarterfinal game in the FIFA Women's World Cup.

I’m going to RIO.  I’m going to fricken RIO!!! I really am at a loss for words and emotions even. To be very honest, back in December when I felt my knee give way, a huge part of me– the very experienced, logical part me– felt my second Olympic dream slip away.  In an instant everything had changed. In that moment I didn’t see the silver lining, hell no I didn’t, I just sat on the sidelines as teammates gave their condolences, trainers telling me there was enough time, Jill telling me there was enough time, me thinking “thanks everyone but it’s December and I can do simple math.” This feels so special to me, deep down in my heart.  I don’t need to talk about hard work and all that, everyone works hard.  Every player that made the team … Read More

Fast Fast Fast

Chicago, IL - July 5, 2016: The USWNT trains in preparation for their international friendly against South Africa at Soldier Field.

Welcome back to the Women’s National Team (insert crying emoji face + big smile face). Although I already knew this — but now feel the need to reiterate it — these women are good, and fast! Fast fast fast! Did I say fast?! Lil Meggie just out here trying to keep up!!! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have been working hard and I am in a great spot — I feel fast, strong and ready — but you just can’t replicate The Gals running you down, my goodness! I have faced something similar to this at every stage of my rehab — whether that was starting to run again, or striking a ball — but it is a different animal when you have to put it all together, and do that while playing against the best players in … Read More

The Hardest Part

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This is the hardest part.  It’s one thing to finally wake up from surgery, open your eyes to see what used to be a pretty good looking leg, now triple the size, wrapped endlessly in ace bandage, secured by a brace that looks more suited for a construction project than a gumby knee like mine.  It is painfully obvious the road ahead is not a short city street, but a long endless Texas highway.  But if I can be honest, there is a considerable amount of comfort in those long highways.  In knowing the work ahead, having a schedule, and understanding that marginal gains over the course or 6-9 months will be the most important thing. It’s another to get to the day where the question is asked, “Am I ready?”  A fork in the road is not particularly comforting. … Read More

Stand Up Together

Winnipeg, Canada- June 14, 2015:  Megan Rapinoe of the USWNT appeared on FIFA Women's World Cup Tonight on Fox at the waterfront set in Vancouver.

Although this blog does not directly correlate with my road to #RIOmode, I find this issue too important to not talk about. So… Orlando. Why do gay bars matter in a society that has come so far, and opened up so much? I live in Seattle, one of the most progressive cities in America. I can walk down the street holding hands with Sera, give her a kiss any time I want, go to any bar in the city, be accepted at once, and never think twice about it.  But I will always choose a gay bar over another bar, because when I step inside I am home. In the words of fellow gay Seattleite Dan Savage, I find the truth. Gay bars were born out of the LGBT community’s unwillingness to succumb to the hate, discrimination, lies, and attempts … Read More

One day at a time

One day at a time. Everyday. Everytime. No matter what. That’s how I came back from the first two, and that’s how I am coming back from this one. I get asked basically every day about my knee, how my knee is feeling, how my rehab is going, when I will be able to play again, about the Olympics, if I will be able to play in the Olympics, when can I play with the Reign again, will I be back to play this season? Quite frankly it can be exhausting.  Not to fault anyone who has ever asked me one of those questions, on the contrary I appreciate them greatly, knowing they always come from a place of love, care, concern, and from a desire to see me back on the field doing what I love.  But pile them … Read More