Story at a glance

  • The U.S. women's national soccer team has not lost a game since winning the World Cup in 2019.
  • Megan Rapine scored a penalty kick to tie a game in a near-loss to Sweden.
  • Rapinoe, a vocal women’s rights advocate, was recently in headlines defending female athletes and their right to equal pay.

It was a close one, but Megan Rapinoe wasn’t about to let her team lose for the first time since winning the World Cup in 2019. After scoring a penalty kick, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) narrowly escaped an international friendly against Sweden with a draw this weekend.  

 

The tying shot was courtesy of a penalty granted to the U.S. team after a foul on Kelley O'Hara that replays suggest actually happened outside the box. The league doesn't use video reviews, however, so Rapinoe took the kick — and the point.  


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The winger has been with the team since 2006 and was a key player in the USWNT's run to win the World Cup in 2019, her third appearance in the international championship. A vocal women’s rights advocate, Rapinoe’s consistent on-field success backs up her calls for equal pay, most recently making headlines after firing back at Draymond Green’s comments about female athletes. 


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Published on Apr 12, 2021