Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Unless the Thorns and Reign meet in the NWSL playoffs, Megan Rapinoe has played her final game in Providence Park.
“Even when you’re on the losing end, like tonight, this really sucks, but it’s always really special playing here,” she said after the game.
The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) and Reign legend will play her final United States (U.S.) game next weekend, as she nears retirement.
“These are always the very best games,” she said of the Cascadia rivalry.
Rapinoe, the OL Reign winger, is set to retire at the end of the season, and every away game marks an emotional moment.
But few cities mean as much to Rapinoe, who played college soccer at the University of Portland and then became one of the cities’ biggest villains as the Reign developed an epic rivalry with the Portland Thorns.
When Rapinoe was subbed out in the Reigns’ 2-0 loss to the Thorns, she received a standing ovation from Providence Park.
The Shield race is tighter than ever, and Gotham is making a late surge.
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With a 2-0 win over Washington on Saturday, Gotham is now tied for second in the NWSL standings, with 30 points alongside San Diego.
Gotham has been aggressive in the transfer market, picking up World Cup champion Esther González, who scored a brace in her second game with the team.
When the NWSL returns in October, they’ll have a showdown with current league leaders Portland, with major hardware implications.
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