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Megan Rapinoe: 'I'm not anywhere near to be done'

Elliott Almond, The Mercury News on

Published in Soccer

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe will be 38 by the time the 2023 Women's World Cup takes place.

But Rapinoe, who turned 34 on Friday, hopes to be part of the U.S. roster for the tournament that will be hosted by one of the nine countries bidding to hold the event.

"I'm not anywhere near to be done or looking to be done," Rapinoe told this news organization in May. "I feel like I am in the second-career of my career right now."

The lavender-haired winger proved it Sunday with her sixth goal off a penalty kick to score the winning goal as the United States defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to defend its World Cup title.

It was her 50th international goal and led to winning the tournament's Golden Boot. Rapinoe tied teammate Alex Morgan and England's Ellen White for the most goals scored. But Rapinoe and Morgan had three assists each in the first tiebreaker to White's 0. Rapinoe won the trophy on minutes per goals scored.

The United States has won an unprecedented four world championship titles with Germany having won the tournament twice.

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Can Rapinoe, the American co-captain, come back for a fourth World Cup?

Rapinoe's father, Jim Rapinoe, is not as confident as his daughter about continuing at the highest level. Jim Rapinoe said the other day in Redding that he worries about Megan's future health after she has undergone three knee surgeries.

But Rapinoe, who started Sunday after recovering from a minor hamstring muscle strain last week, is not ready to stop.

"There comes a point around your late 20s or 30s where you either get old really fast and you're done or you change," she said. "You switch things up and you start your second career."

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