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USWNT 2, South Africa 0: Rodman shines in Rapinoe’s farewell

Megan Rapinoe had a mostly fitting exit as Trinity Rodman left her mark again. These are three major talking points

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Megan Rapinoe said her goodbye to the United States women’s national team on Saturday, over 17 years after her debut, and the U.S. defeated South Africa 2-0 in a friendly match at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Trinity Rodman continued her hot streak with a first-half goal, emphatically volleying a cross from Alex Morgan, and Emily Sonnett added a second goal just after halftime off a rebound from Rapinoe’s corner kick.

These are three big talking points from the U.S.’ 2-0 victory, a second over South Africa in four days and a second for interim coach Twila Kilgore.

Rapinoe’s fitting, joyous exit

It was no surprise that Rapinoe went for goal whenever she had the chance on Sunday. A couple of those efforts were optimistic even for her great skillset, but her final attempt – just seconds before her number went up on the board to be replaced in the 54th minute – was close enough to fool half the crowd into thinking she had scored her farewell goal.

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