Megan Rapinoe isn’t the best advice-giver when it comes to penalty kicks.
On the latest episode of Snacks, Rapinoe, Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams recall a moment with the U.S. women’s national team in 2019 when Rapinoe offered words of wisdom to Mewis.
“I was panicking about taking one and panicking about not taking one,” Mewis recalled. “Both horrible options.”
And instead of offering up tactical strategies for how Mewis could approach the PK, Rapinoe took a different tack.
“I was like, ‘You know the worst thing that could happen is if you have to step up there, and you take it, and it’s like the final one and you lose the World Cup for our country,’” she said. “I was like, ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen?’
“But the best thing that could happen is you could win the World Cup for your country. So I think I always focus on that.”
Mewis did not recall Rapinoe offering up such advice, saying she may have “blacked out.” Williams called it “horrible advice.” But it works for Rapinoe.
“Just like saying it, and getting it out,” Rapinoe continued. “Like getting the anxiety out and getting the fears out there. Like, literally the worst thing that could happen is you step up and you miss it.”
Both Mewis and Williams appreciated that explanation, as well as Rapinoe’s routine approach.
“I never think that I’m going to miss,” the 37-year-old forward said. “But I know that I can miss. But I don’t think I am. I do the exact same thing…go through the routine. I wanna feel comfortable.
“And then, you know, you just trust yourself.”