Megan Rapinoe will make her final appearance for the U.S. women’s national team in a friendly against South Africa on Sept. 24.
The 38-year-old forward, who just played in her fourth World Cup, is set to retire at the end of the 2023 NWSL season, she announced in July. The USWNT is set to host South Africa in a pair of friendlies in September, and those will mark Rapinoe’s final matches with the national team.
In the second and final match of the series, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 24, at Soldier Field in Chicago, the USWNT will endeavor to give one of its top stars a fitting sendoff. The match will be available to watch on TNT, Universo and Peacock.
Heading into September, Rapinoe sits at 202 caps, which makes her one of 14 Americans to reach 200 games. She also has 63 goals and 73 assists, which ranks in the top 10 in both categories.
“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,” Rapinoe said. “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.”
𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙉𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙋𝙄𝙉𝙊𝙀@mPinoe will play her final #USWNT match on September 24 in Chicago » https://t.co/iowiCzr84b#ThankYouPinoe pic.twitter.com/DOC6sXrDBN— U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (@USWNT) August 29, 2023
𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙉𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙋𝙄𝙉𝙊𝙀@mPinoe will play her final #USWNT match on September 24 in Chicago » https://t.co/iowiCzr84b#ThankYouPinoe pic.twitter.com/DOC6sXrDBN