Megan Rapinoe leaves NWSL final, her last game, in tears with early injury

OL Reign's US midfielder #15 Megan Rapinoe is helped off the pitch after an injury in the early minutes of the first half of the National Women's Soccer League final match between OL Reign and Gotham FC at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California, on November 11, 2023. This is Rapinoe's last professional game of her career as she retires from professional soccer. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Megan Rapinoe left the final game of her glittering soccer career after less than three minutes, having suffered a non-contact lower-leg injury off the ball.

Rapinoe entered Saturday’s NWSL championship game on the brink of retirement, in search of the one trophy that had eluded her and her longtime club, the OL Reign. A title, she said hours before the game, would “be amazing” and mean “everything.”

But in the 3rd minute, while pressing an opponent and pivoting, she went down and stayed down. Teammates soon came to tend to her. Athletic trainers followed.

Rapinoe left the field limping, and in tears, with her arms around those athletic trainers. She hugged Gotham’s Ali Krieger, her longtime friend and teammate — but on Saturday, an opponent — as she walked off.

Bethany Balcer replaced Rapinoe on the Reign’s left wing.

About 20 minutes later, Lynn Williams scored to give NJ/NY Gotham FC a 1-0 lead.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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