Megan Rapinoe on representing US at World Cup: 'I'm extremely American'

From "hotelgate" (in which England manager Phil Neville chastised the United States on Sunday for scouting his hotel to stay should the usa win but failed to mention that the U.S. also scouted the hotel in Nice, where the third-place game will be played, in case they lost) to Piers Morgan's whining over Rapinoe's grand victory pose (and his subsequent Twitter meltdown during the semifinal), it seemed that this team, which defender Ali Krieger calls the best - and second best - in the world, couldn't make a move without a judgmental microscope all over it. She didn't warm up, either.

England won third place at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and have only gotten better, with more depth and options.

"I think that I'm particularly and uniquely and very deeply American", she told reporters.

Rapinoe's response definitely had a little bit of spice to it after some in the English press accused the US squad of being "too arrogant" in the days leading up to the big match.

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She breaks down the total impossible magic that is penalty kicks-her girlfriend's specialty. "I expect how it is now for it to be ready for the final".

Then, reports from the stadium began trickling out.

Some meme-makers have even photoshopped Rapinoe's now-iconic photo to include the President. Much of it praises Rapinoe for standing up for what she believes in...

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Three players on the squads are tied in the race for the Golden Boot, the prize for most goals: Rapinoe, Morgan and England's Ellen White all have five.

Everyone was anticipating the Rapinoe vs. Press not only contributed on the stat sheet but also on the defensive end. Christen Press is the fastest and fittest player on the USWNT.

Once again, Press played a pivotal role, taking Abby Dahlkemper's long pass on the left side, stretching the England backline and calmly slipping the ball to the open Horan.

With teammate Rapinoe out injured and White, who had beautifully clipped home Beth Mead's cross to level the scores, denied a second by a cruel VAR offside decision, Morgan showed she can lead her team with a fine centre-forward's display and now has a great chance to seal the top scorer gong.

"Maybe they don't need me for the final", Rapinoe laughed.

But as the game got underway, the Fox commenter said that there was speculation Rapinoe was injured - but the team wasn't saying anything.

Morgan celebrated her 30th birthday in the best way possible, ending a four-game goal drought and showing she's still one for the big occasion with a headed victor that puts her in a strong position to win the Golden Boot.

In the semi-finals, England were knocked out, 2-1, in heartbreaking fashion as Laura Bassett's injury-time own goal sent holders Japan into the final.

  • Lawrence Cooper