Seattle Reign FC Forward Megan Rapinoe Voted NWSL Player of the Week
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week for Week 11 of the 2017 NWSL season.
Rapinoe, 32, scored four goals in two games for the Reign as she led the club to a pair of home victories that pushed Seattle into third place in the NWSL standings. She scored twice in each match as she first rallied the Reign for a 2-1 victory at home over the Chicago Red Stars last Wednesday before also netting both goals in a 2-0 win against the Portland Thorns FC.
The Redding, Calif. native converted twice from the penalty spot in the second half against the Red Stars – smashing her shot over the outstretched arms of Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and into the top left corner in the 58th minute before earning an 84th-minute spot kick that she duly powered into the middle of the goal to complete the comeback for Seattle.
The U.S. international was at her predatory best against the Thorns as she ghosted behind Portland defender Emily Sonnett in first-half stoppage time to steal the ball and slot it past Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. She then sealed all three points for Seattle in the 80th minute when she raced onto a through ball from Christine Nairn and crushed a left-footed shot that bounced past Franch and just inside the far post.
The assist for Nairn was the 17th of her NWSL career – just one behind former FC Kansas City midfielder and U.S. international Lauren Holiday for first on the all-time list.
It was the only goal scored by Rapinoe in Week 11 that wasn’t unassisted as the University of Portland product tallied all four of Seattle’s goals against the Red Stars and Thorns. She now leads the league with nine goals on the season – three more than her closest competitors.
It is the third time Rapinoe has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the 17th time a Seattle Reign FC player has won the award.
The Seattle Reign FC will return to action on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET against the North Carolina Courage at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
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