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Megan Rapinoe looks sharp for OL Reign ahead of fourth World Cup

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Megan Rapinoe became just the fifth NWSL player to record three assists in a single match. (Stephen Brashear/USA TODAY Sports)

Megan Rapinoe was all over the field for OL Reign in their latest win.

The 37-year-old is putting her best foot forward at the right time as she gears up for a likely fourth World Cup appearance for the U.S. women’s national team. She played in her first World Cup in 2011, and she won the 2015 and 2019 titles with the USWNT.

Her three assists in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Angel City showed off her still sharp skill set. Rapinoe became just the fifth player in NWSL history to record three assists in a single match across all competitions, and the first to do so since Kristie Mewis did so for the Houston Dash in the 2020 Fall Series. With her assists, Rapinoe also reached 25 for her NWSL career, which ranks as the most in OL Reign history and the fifth-most in league history.

Rapinoe also created nine chances for her teammates in the victory. That’s the most in an NWSL match since Rapinoe created 10 chances against Sky Blue FC in 2019, according to OptaJack.

“I think that was kind of what I was trying to focus on, put a lot of pressure on their back line and their goalkeeper,” Rapinoe said after Saturday’s win. “And then, obviously, they do all the hard work in getting in front of people or hitting bangers from outside.”

The lone OL Reign tally on which Rapinoe did not provide an assist came off the foot of Quinn, who scored their first NWSL goal.

“We had a couple bangers from the outside,” Rapinoe said. “Quinn, excuse me, oh my god. On the eve of Pride month? Big gay goal? I just love it. I was like, this is too good.”

Quinn became the first out transgender and nonbinary athlete to medal at the Olympics as a member of the Canada women’s national team in 2021.

OL Reign tried “to be dangerous in those pockets and always put pressure on the defense, whatever they want to give us,” Rapinoe said.

With the win, OL Reign are tied for the second-most points in the NWSL with 16, one point behind league-leading Gotham FC. They were the only team among the top five to win over the weekend, with Gotham, Portland, San Diego and Washington all tying in their matches.