She was the player of the match, scoring two goals and helping to set up a third.Rapinoe kicked off the scoring with a long-distance deflected first-half goal.I'm just proud of us and proud of our coaching staff of making the hard decisions.'Those hard decisions included the one Ellis made to bring Wambach off the bench for three of the final four games of the tournament.In the knockout round, the only time Wambach started was the quarterfinal victory over China.'It's not easy to not start one of the most decorated goal-scorers in the world, but Jill and our coaching staff was confident and as was I, that person, in the players that were starting ahead of me,' Wambach said. team's 2-0 victory over Colombia to open the knockout stage, suggesting the official of the match had targeted U. midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, giving them yellow cards that forced them to miss the quarterfinal match with China.'I don't know if they were yellows,' she said after beating Colombia.And then along with Christie Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women's World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.
She ran to the stands to embrace her wife Sarah Huffman.She settled a goal kick to start the play that ended with Christen Press’s go-ahead tally. It doesn’t matter what kind of shot it is for me, I’ll take it.’’ Much of the pre-tourney attention went to all-time scorer Wambach and walking controversy Hope Solo, the much-photographed Alex Morgan and the heavily inked Sydney Leroux. Here’s a quick get-to-know: Rapinoe was a part of the most sensational moment at the last World Cup.And she capped the scoring herself with a left-foot rifle shot, becoming the first American since Abby Wambach in 2007 with a multi-goal game in the World Cup. A much slower version of it,’’ Rapinoe joked, poking fun at her willingness to take any shot no matter how ambitious or hopeful. The US was trailing Brazil in stoppage time of the quarterfinals in 2011, on the verge of its worst finish ever, when the right-footed Rapinoe struck a 45-yard cross off her left foot that Wambach headed in for a 122nd-minute goal, setting off a memorable celebration reminiscent of Jimmy V. She’s got ice running through her veins, but a lot of passion inside of her. She’s a game-changer, and that’s what makes her special,’’ coach Jill Ellis said.The United States team was nervous in its Women’s World Cup opener on Monday, but Megan Rapinoe had enough confidence for the whole bunch.
The platinum blond midfielder has a history of coming up big in big moments, and she did just that in a 3-1 win over Australia.Rapinoe was in a long-term relationship with Sarah Walsh, a former soccer player for … The two soccer stars split in 2013 and Rapinoe is now seeing singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone.