Megan Rapinoe leaves NWSL final, her last game, in tears with early injury

Megan Rapinoe left the final game of her glittering soccer career after less than three minutes, having suffered a non-contact lower-leg injury off the ball.

Rapinoe entered Saturday’s NWSL championship game on the brink of retirement, in search of the one trophy that had eluded her and her longtime club, the OL Reign. A title, she said hours before the game, would “be amazing” and mean “everything.”

But in the 3rd minute, while pressing an opponent and pivoting, she went down and stayed down. Teammates soon came to tend to her. Athletic trainers followed.

Rapinoe left the field limping, and in tears, with her arms around those athletic trainers. She hugged Gotham’s Ali Krieger, her longtime friend and teammate — but on Saturday, an opponent — as she walked off.

The Reign and NJ/NY Gotham FC were tied 0-0 in the 20th minute.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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