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Megan Rapinoe celebrated Mallory Swanson’s goal before it happened

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As Mallory Swanson advanced toward her seventh goal in five games for the U.S. women’s national team, Megan Rapinoe started to celebrate.

Before the ball even crossed the goal line, Rapinoe knew it was going in.

After the shot did indeed find its mark, Swanson went to the sideline to celebrate the goal with the USWNT veteran during the squad’s 2-1 win against Brazil to close out the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday.

According to Swanson, Rapinoe wanted better celebrations out of the goal scorer.

The 24-year-old forward has goals in all five USWNT games so far in 2023, and she has eight in six games dating back to last November, so she’s had plenty of opportunities to show her stuff. Still, Swanson agrees that she’s “not the best when I celebrate.”

“Against Canada, there was an opportunity where I could have went over to the sideline and celebrate. So I just wanted to go over and embrace her,” Swanson said, noting that Rapinoe has been giving her coaching tips at times.

“Obviously she’s been helping me,” she continued. “At halftime, I remember her saying, make an inside out run, and just giving me little things and feeding me things that she sees. Obviously, she’s a world-class player and she sees the game and I value what she sees. Her just helping me and that relationship, I think is really good.”