Yesterday in Hawai’i, veteran midfielder Megan Rapinoe sustained a torn ACL as the USWNT practiced in preparation for a friendly match this Sunday against Trinidad and Tobago. Even though the injury is likely to keep Rapinoe out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she has maintained an excellent attitude about the injury, asking for recommendations on shows to binge-watch in an official USWNT statement.
Rapinoe has been a regular starter for the national team since 2009, an was an integral part of the teams that won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the World Cup title earlier this year in Canada. She has also been a member of the Seattle Reign in the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) since the league’s inception in 2013. After finishing seventh of eight teams in their inaugural season, Rapinoe helped the Reign secure the NWSL’s best regular-season record in both 2014 and 2015, although Seattle lost to FC Kansas City in the championship game in both years. The NWSL season goes from April to October, meaning that she is likely to miss most or perhaps all of the 2016 campaign.
Rapinoe has been a huge proponent of LGBT rights since publicly coming out as gay in 2012.