“She’s my best friend, my voice of reason…or voice of crazy, whichever one she feels like throwing out at me because I listen to whatever she says, doesn’t really matter about the situation.”
A U.S. Soccer Star’s Declaration of Independence - NY Times
LYON, France — The latest attempt at a women’s professional soccer league in the United States begins this weekend, so the stars of the American team at the London Olympics have, for the most part, returned to preaching the gospel stateside. Abby Wambach, the powerful striker, is with a team in Rochester; Alex Morgan, the pixieish, pink-headband-wearing poster girl, is in Portland, Ore.; and Hope Solo, the mercurial goalkeeper and “Dancing With the Stars” alumna, would be in Seattle if she was not recovering from a wrist injury.
But Megan Rapinoe is not with them. In truth, this is not unusual: she has always been the different one. She plays a position (midfielder) that is more about making others look good. She has never had an endorsement deal with a skin care line (Solo) nor a desire to pose in body paint (Morgan). And she is, after a matter-of-fact announcement last summer, one of the few prominent athletes to come out as gay while in the prime of her career.
Great article, I suggest reading the full thing!
Just in case you didn’t love her enough.
akrieger11: Fun times in Germany and Holland with my beautiful teamies!! #MakingMemories …DC bound!
OFFENBACH, GERMANY - APRIL 05: Megan Rapinoe of the United States celebrates her team’s second goal during the Women’s International Friendly match between Germany and the United States at Sparda-Bank-Hessen-Stadion on April 5, 2013 in Offenbach, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images