The US Women’s National Team was able to beat England 2-1 on Tuesday night to advance to the final of this year’s World Cup. They did this despite Megan Rapinoe’s hamstring strain that kept her from playing in their semifinal bout.
Despite missing Tuesday’s game, Rapinoe says that her hamstring has healed enough for her to play in the competition’s final, which will either take place against the Netherlands.
Rapinoe’s status was up in the air for Tuesday night’s game after suffering a mild strain in the USWNT’s quarterfinal win against France last Friday. She was the star of that game, scoring both US goals to propel her team to a crucial win against one of the competition’s favorites.
She tried to get ready for the match but was simply unable to take the field. She told reporters, “(My hamstring) just tightened up a little bit toward the end. I just wasn’t going to be ready for today.”
The 33-year-old star is confident, however, that she will have recovered sufficiently to play in Sunday’s final in Lyon, France.
When asked after Tuesday’s win about her hamstring and status for the final, Rapinoe said, “It’s feeling much better and I expect to be ready for the final.”
It’s great news for the USWNT, a squad that is looking to win its second consecutive World Cup.