Megan Rapinoe is hardly ready to leave the public eye.
Rapinoe, 38, is on the final leg of her farewell tour, having just played in her last home regular season game as a member of the OL Reign on Friday night. The Reign set a new NWSL attendance record of 34,130.
While Rapinoe’s playing career might be coming to an end, the star said after Friday’s game there’s still a “lot more to come” from her.
“I’m going to be a part of this next phase of women’s sports, not just soccer hopefully, but even beyond that” Rapinoe told the media. “So many players in this generation have had such a huge part in building the foundation and the beginning stages of what is a really exciting time in women’s sports.
“I’m not going to miss out on the fruits of that labor, and just disappear and not be a part of it. I think I have so much to offer.”
The Reign threw a celebration for Rapinoe after Friday’s game, a 0-0 draw against the Washington Spirit. Rapinoe addressed the fans from a makeshift stage on the field.
“This was just always the place where I could be myself,” Rapinoe said. “To be able to play here my whole career, in one city … It is just really special to be able to have this.”
The Reign wrap up the regular season Oct. 15 against the Chicago Red Stars.