Anti-Trump U.S. women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe did not playing in today’s win against England.
Rapinoe, who dislikes President Trump, made a vulgar statement a month ago, claiming she would not go to the “f**king White House.”
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While rumors have been stirring, Sporting News is reporting that she was out due to a hamstring injury.
U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who had scored all four of the Americans’ goals in the knockout rounds, was on the bench Tuesday to start Team USA’s Women’s World Cup semifinal against England in Lyon.
No reason was given by coach Jill Ellis for Rapinoe not starting the win-or-go-home game, but Fox Sports reported at halftime that Rapinoe was out with a hamstring injury.
Megan Rapinoe’s hot streak is coming to an end.
Rapinoe, who has scored all four U.S. goals in the knockout rounds and has five in the tournament, is not starting in Tuesday night’s semifinal against England. Christen Press is starting in her place.
U.S. Soccer did not provide a reason for the surprise move, other than to say it was not for disciplinary reasons. Rapinoe took the field with the rest of the U.S. team for warm-ups but was last out and spent part of the time on the sidelines, watching her teammates.
Much was made ahead of the game of the matchup between Rapinoe and England’s Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris, quite possibly the world’s best defensive tandem on the right side. Press might have more speed than Rapinoe, especially after starting just one game and playing sparse minutes as a substitute.
Rapinoe is listed as a substitute, meaning she could be brought on later in the game.
Still it’s a big gamble for the U.S., which hasn’t gotten a goal from anyone but Rapinoe since the final group stage game against Sweden on June 20.