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Rapinoe’s final home game prompts record NSWL attendance at Lumen Field

Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/ CC BY-SA 2.0/ Edited for size

Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/ CC BY-SA 2.0/ Edited for size

A National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) record was set on Friday night, with 34,130 fans turning up to honour the retiring two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, Megan Rapinoe.

Rapinoe has played for the US women’s national team 203 times since her debut in 2006, and spent her domestic career at clubs such as the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence and Olympique Lyonnais in France’s Division 1 Féminine. Since 2013, Rapinoe has made 114 appearances for OL Reign in the NWSL. 

Friday’s match against Washington Spirit at Lumen Field in Seattle was Rapinoe’s last regular season home game for OL Reign. 

Rapinoe is known for her impact on and off the pitch, and is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ organisations such as Athlete Ally. She also helped the women’s national team in the fight for equal pay with the men’s nation team, which was resolved last year. 

The 38-year-old originally announced her retirement before this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. 

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