Megan Rapinoe, who captained the staff alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan in 2019, might be again for her ultimate World Cup run, having introduced her plans to retire on the finish of the 2023 season.
“It’s with a deep sense of peace & gratitude that I’ve determined this might be my ultimate season enjoying this stunning sport,” Rapinoe, 38, tweeted on July 8 alongside a throwback photograph of herself as a child. “I by no means might have imagined the methods by which soccer would form & change my life endlessly, however by the look on this little woman’s face, she knew all alongside.”
Rapinoe has performed for the USWNT since 2006, serving to lead the staff to Olympic gold in 2012 and World Cup victory in 2015 and 2019. Her newest World Cup look marks her and her teammates’ first cup because the USWNT settled their equal pay lawsuit towards U.S. Soccer, which oversees each the ladies’s and males’s groups.
In Might 2022, U.S. Soccer assured that each nationwide groups will obtain the identical pay when competing in worldwide matches and competitions. The groups may even pool unequal prize cash funds that U.S. Soccer receives from FIFA, the governing physique that oversees worldwide soccer and the World Cup. That prize cash might be shared equally amongst members of each the ladies’s and males’s groups.
“No different nation has ever carried out this,” U.S. Soccer president, Cindy Cone, stated on the time. “I feel everybody must be actually happy with what we’ve achieved right here. It actually, really, is historic.”
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Ahead of their first game towards Vietnam on Friday, July 21, scroll down to fulfill all 9 returning members of the U.S. staff’s World Cup roster: