The city of Auckland, as reported by the Agence France-Presse (AFP), On Wednesday, Megan Rapinoe, a United States veteran, openly acknowledged experiencing nervousness. However, she remains determined to savor her final World Cup and conclude her career with a third championship.
Megan Rapinoe made a public declaration over the weekend, stating her intention to conclude her professional soccer career after this season. Throughout her illustrious tenure, Rapinoe has achieved the remarkable feat of securing two World Cup championships.
She can secure third place when the tournament commences in Australia and New Zealand next week. The forward, renowned for her activism, expressed that she still experiences a sense of nerves and excitement.
Rapinoe, who has accumulated 199 caps and achieved Olympic gold, acknowledged her age of 38 and the inevitable reality that her playing career will not last indefinitely. Megan Rapinoe expressed her emotions, believing this upcoming World Cup will be her final one. She made this statement in Auckland, where the American team will be stationed.
The individual’s upcoming retirement implies that they will be able to fully immerse themselves in the tournament and concentrate on achieving victory, as stated by the individual. The United States is poised to become the inaugural team to accomplish a three-peat in the Women’s World Cup. However, Alex Morgan, a seasoned player, advises against premature complacency.
The 34-year-old expressed their desire to achieve a historic feat, emphasizing the significance of such an accomplishment. When questioned about the possibility of securing three consecutive victories, the individual acknowledged that discussions regarding this achievement were already taking place among the holders. She further commented that this is something we are keeping in mind. However, the primary objective is to approach each game individually without preconceived notions or expectations.
In the upcoming group stage, the United States will face the Netherlands, a team they emerged victorious against in the final four years ago. Group E consists of Portugal and Vietnam as well.