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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

USA soccer’s Megan Rapinoe delivers another perfect cross into the mix

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Colorado’s growing soccer community almost certainly grinned knowingly over the exchange. It isn’t the first time Rapinoe has delivered a deadly accurate lob into a heated battlefield.

On that sultry July day, the USWNT faced the best player in the world, Brazil’s Marta, and after a red card, did so a player down for the final 25 minutes of regulation and the entire 30 minutes of extra time. After 121 minutes chasing Marta, the US trailed 2-1 in the game’s final seconds.

In the single most memorable moment of open play in U.S. National Team history — men’s or women’s — Rapinoe crossed the ball just outside the six-yard box and onto the head of legendary striker Abby Wambach, who proceeded to ripple the back of the net. The U.S. would win the quarterfinal match in a shootout before eventually losing the final to Japan a week later.

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