; born July 5, 1985) is an American professional soccer midfielder/winger who plays for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League.As a member of the United States women's national soccer team, she helped the U. win gold at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2012 London Olympics, and silver at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.She was also named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team and the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team.Rapinoe played and started all 25 games as an attacking midfielder, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for 43 points – ranking fifth for freshman point totals in the school's history."I know this sounds weird, but getting hurt was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Before, everything was going how it was supposed to be and I wasn't really appreciative of what I was doing and what it took to be there. The rehab process makes you stronger on all fronts, mentally and physically. I would never wish it on anyone, but I don't wish I could take it back." As a sophomore in 2006, Rapinoe was among the nation's leading scorers with ten goals and two assists in eleven matches.She helped the team secure a 20–2 record scoring five goals and serving 13 assists.Rapinoe was selected second overall in the 2009 WPS Draft by the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), the highest division of soccer in the United States at the time.She was named NSCAA First Team All-American and was on the Soccer America First Team Freshman All-America.Rapinoe made the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship All Tournament Team and was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.
In 2013, she was awarded the Board of Directors Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
Rapinoe is internationally known for her crafty style of play and her precise cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinals against Brazil, which resulted in an equalizer goal and eventual win for the Americans after a penalty kick shootout.
The last-minute goal set a record for latest goal ever scored in a match and was awarded ESPN's 2011 ESPY Award for Best Play of the Year.
In 2005, as a freshman, Rapinoe helped the Pilots to an undefeated season and the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.
During the College Cup quarterfinal against Notre Dame, she scored twice and served one assist, helping the Pilots win 3–1 and advance to the College Cup.
With the addition of Rapinoe, her national team and former Seattle Sounders Women teammate, Hope Solo, and some lineup changes to the front line, the Reign improved their goal-scoring ability and turned their league record around.