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U.S. women’s star Megan Rapinoe honored

Nov 13, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

Megan Rapinoe, now in her second stint with French champions Olympique Lyon, started in her teams 4-0 win at FC Twente on Wednesday. Megan Rapinoe, now in her second stint with French champions Olympique Lyon, started in her teams 4-0 win at FC Twente on Wednesday.

What a nice 12 months it has been in domestic soccer for diversity and progress. In terms of culture, two of the big stories during the last year were former Major League Soccer player David Testo coming out and U.S. Olympian Megan Rapinoe coming out shortly before the 2012 London Games.

And how about this to punctuate a swell period of progress: Rapinoe was just honored by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center during last weekend’s Anniversary Gala.

Rapinoe received the center’s Board of Directors Award for coming out as a high-profile athlete, and for counting herself among the few outwardly gay competitors during the London Olympic Games.

Rapinoe has been a wonderful spokesperson and role model for U.S. Soccer, a marketing and PR dream who is blessed with ample playing talent and personality. She certainly knows how to deliver short, moving and meaningful “thank you.” Watch her acceptance speech from the weekend’s gala.

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  1. bishopofblunder - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Just a slight disappointment from one of many (I’m sure) male fans who are really hot for her. It’s the selfishness in me, I guess.

    But seriously, she’s a great player and a great spokesperson for American sports in general and soccer in particular. I have a feeling she’s going to need a vastly larger award/trophy case before she’s done.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      bishop: I’d up-thumb your comment, but we don’t seem to be able to do that here. Alas. Totally agree with all your points! And totally enjoyed watching her US win gold! But one dumb question: why do most women, when referring to other women or their teammates, pack of girlfriends, etc, call them guys, and not gals or girls?

  2. kingarthur900 - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    What a charming and eloquent person. Loads of class. Watching that video was a terrific way to start my day. Thanks for posting the link.

  3. digbysellers - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Bet Solo is wishing she turned lesbo now after getting some kinda hucklebuck from that pot toking knucklebuns she’s married to.

  4. soccerjohn - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Steve, thanks for posting about this.

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