U.S. World Cup super sub veteran Rapinoe is adjusting to his new role.
On Sunday, Megan Rapinoe expressed disappointment with her playing time for the United States at the Women's World Cup.
Nonetheless, she is certain that she can contribute to the U.S. team as a substitute and help the defending champions advance.
The 38-year-old used to be a first-choice starter for the United States squad that won the 2015 and 2019 World Cups,
but under new coach Vlatko Andonovski, she is not. Despite playing 30 minutes off the bench in the opening 3-0 triumph over Vietnam,
Rapinoe did not see any action in the final 1-1 tie with the Netherlands as the reigning champions.
She expressed her disappointment in her lack of playing time in Auckland, but she also expressed her optimism that her off-the-field experience would be useful to the 14 American World Cup rookies.
Both on and off the field, you still have a lot to give. Rapinoe, who will retire at the conclusion of the season, stated,
"Maybe you are not going to be a starter, playing the 90 minutes, but sometimes as a bench player that is not what you need."
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