Player highlight: Megan Rapinoe
History of the women's match would never be complete without mentioning her name as one of the players that are truly unbelievable to have graced the sport.
Rapinoe's precise cross to Abby Wambach equalizing goal in the 122nd minute against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA World Cup (a goal that holds the record for latest goal ever scored in a World Cup match) stays one of the very amazing moments in football.
Observing her at the last Mundial in nearby Canada, it was clear to see why the U.S team depends so much on her to make the difference, for instance, in the first match against Australia, supporters were getting edgy before Rapinoe's brace help settled nerves as the team began the campaign brilliantly.
Her two goals against Australia was the first time the side would record a player with two goals in a game since Abby Wambach feat against Norway at the 2007 event.
European soccer enthusiasts would definitely remember her time with Lyon in the 2013-2014 season where she played an important function as the team landed the French title and for the first time reached the UEFA Women's Champions league.
Before her entrance, two years ago, Seattle Reign FC had troubles finding the net which made the club leaders to seek answers to that problem and as you'd expect, the contained drafting in Rapinoe, who'd not only score plenty of goals, would also lift the team emotionally, given her stature.
The 2015 World Cup was enormous not just for the player but for the whole of the U.S team, development of the past few years meant the team's domination was under threat.
Aside from defending champions Japan, countries like Australia, Sweden and France who consistently had a say in the tournaments, nations like England, Nigeria and Cameroun were eager to establish themselves on the greatest stage.
Rapinoe was among the players' manager Jill Ellis knew if her team were to have some chance of grabbing the coveted prize from the control of the Japanese, she could rely on.
Through the entire tournament, her ability, dedication and skill was of the highest order and I vividly recall an American enthusiast saying "seeing Rapinoe play makes me forget about all the atrocities happening in the planet, ISIS, Boko Haram, Civil war in Syria as well as the Iran nuclear threat" he said.
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