U.S. women’s national team legend Megan Rapinoe will make her final international appearance this September against South Africa.
Rapinoe’s final USWNT appearance is slated to take place on Sept. 24 against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago. She will be honored before the match after earning her 200th career USWNT cap back in July.
Rapinoe will not play in the first of two head-to-head friendlies on Sept. 21 in Cincinnati.
“People may think that my career coming to an end would bring sadness, but when I think back on the past 30-plus years of playing this game, my overriding emotions are joy and gratitude,” said Rapinoe. “It’s been an unbelievable ride. It will be special to have this one last opportunity to play for my country in front of our incredible fans and get the chance to thank my teammates and everyone who has had an impact on me as a person and player over the years.”
The 38-year-old will end her international career with 203 caps and is the 14th American to reach 200 games played for her country. Her 63 career goals and 73 assists for the USWNT are ranked in the Top-10 in U.S. history in both categories.
A two-time Women’s World Cup winner, Rapinoe is tied with Abby Wambach for third all-time in assists for the USWNT and is one of only eight players in USWNT history with 50+ career goals and 50+ career assists.
Rapinoe’s final regular season match in the NWSL with OL Reign is scheduled for October 15.