- Megan Rapinoe scored her first National Women’s Soccer League goal in 1,047 days Sunday afternoon.
- The USWNT star netted a 22.86m free kick to help OL Reign past its rivals – the Portland Thorns.
- Rapinoe went to “talk my s—” to fans and got “a big, double f— you middle fingers up” in return.
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Megan Rapinoe scored her first club goal in more than 1,000 days.
And she had something to say about it.
The OL Reign superstar netted a ninth-minute equalizer on a 22.86m free kick during her team’s Sunday afternoon matchup against its top rival in the National Women’s Soccer League – the Portland Thorns. And after she watched the ball sail past Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch – who doubles as her teammate on the US women’s national soccer team – Rapinoe jogged to the end line and addressed Thorns fans up close.
“Obviously the Thorns fans need no introduction – they’re incredible,” Rapinoe said after the game, according to Equalizer Soccer’s Jeff Kassouf. “They have one big problem, though. It’s that they love me, so it’s really difficult for them to cheer against me. So, when I scored I had to go right over and really like talk my s—.”
“And I was trying to talk s— and to them and they just did not know what to do,” she added. “And then finally somebody gave me a big, double f— you middle fingers up, and I was like, ‘that’s what I’m talking about. That’s the kind of rivalry that we want.'”
Portland is known to have some of the most passionate fans in the entire NWSL, but home-field advantage at Providence Park and plenty of heckling from the Rose City Riveters weren’t enough to power the Thorns past Rapinoe and the Reign. OL secured a 2-1 win in the Cascadia Derby, giving the team its first victory of the 2021 regular season.
And it’s safe to say Rapinoe was happy to have secured the road win in her squad’s most heated rivalry.
“The Thorns are always a–holes,” she said. “Everyone hates them. That’s the general vibe. They’re always good, they’ve got the best stadium, they’ve got the best fans, you know they always have incredible talent on the field, so everybody’s always gunning for you.”
Check out Rapinoe’s goal and taunting celebration from the victory below:
-National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) May 23, 2021