Megan Rapinoe brought down the curtain on her international career as the USA beat South Africa 2-0 in Chicago.

Prior to the 2023 World Cup, the forward said she planned to retire when the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season ends.

Rapinoe made her USA debut in 2006 and won 203 caps, scoring 63 goals, and winning the World Cup in 2015 and 2019.

Rapinoe started the game at Soldier Field and received a standing ovation as the game was paused when she was withdrawn after 54 minutes.

The 2019 Ballon d’Or winner represented the USA at four World Cups and also helped her country win gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, although she was one of three players to miss a penalty when they exited the 2023 World Cup against Sweden in the last 16.

After Sunday’s win, Rapinoe tried to fight back tears as she gave a speech, thanking fans for their support over the past 17 years.


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