U.S. Olympic soccer player Megan Rapinoe reveals she is gay

A combination of superior athletic ability, a unique hairstyle and a great sense of humor has made Megan Rapinoe one of the more popular and well-known players on the U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team. Rapinoe created one of the signature moments of the Women’s World Cup last year when she grabbed the field microphone after scoring a goal and sang Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” Recently, she also became an inspiration to a homosexual community that has not exactly been well-received in the sports world.

In the July issue of Out Magazine, Rapinoe revealed she is gay.

“I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out,” Rapinoe said according to Out.com. “I feel everyone is really craving (for) people to come out. People want — they need — to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Rapinoe explained that she has not been hiding the fact that she is gay, but said no one has ever directly asked her. She said she has been dating a female Australian soccer player for three years, but just as people don’t walk around revealing that they are straight she hasn’t felt the need to come out and inform people that she is gay.

“I think they were trying to be respectful and that it’s my job to say, ‘I’m gay,’” she said. “Which I am. For the record: I am gay.”

While more and more athletes have been coming out in support of the gay community (here is a list of NFL players who did so), it is obviously still a problem. Based on the number of people who play professional sports in America, it is safe to assume that there are gay athletes in many locker rooms. They have chosen to keep that information private for a reason. If popular players like Rapinoe can continue to embrace their sexual identities, it will help others who struggle with theirs on a daily basis.

Photo credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Abby Wambach Goal Video – One of the Best Moments in U.S. Soccer History

It’s hard to comprehend how dramatic the tying goal scored by Abby Wambach was for the U.S. women’s soccer team Sunday if you didn’t watch the entire game.

To understand what made it so special, you have to recognize that the U.S. was playing at a woman disadvantage for almost the entire second half after Rachel Buehler was sent off by referee Jacqui Melksham. You have to understand that the U.S. team was screwed by a bad call that gave Brazil a second penalty kick in the 65th minute. You have to understand that the reason they were playing in the 122nd minute is because a Brazilian player laid on the ground faking an injury for four minutes before springing off the stretcher and sprinting back onto the field. You also have to understand that the U.S. didn’t really threaten to score for most of the match until Megan Rapinoe sent that beautiful cross just over the reach of the Brazilians to set up Abby Wambach’s winning header.

That goal by Abby Wambach from Megan Rapinoe was easily one of the most thrilling ones I’ve ever seen. Landon Donovan’s goal to beat Algeria in the World Cup was special, and this was too.

Even though it was only a quarterfinals win, it feels like this U.S. team is destined to win it all. It’s impossible to come back in that fashion only to fall short of their ultimate goal. The women’s team never gave up and they will win it all.

Thanks to Blazers Edge for the video

Megan Rapinoe Sings ‘Born in the USA’ After Goal (Video)

Had I known this is the sort of thing that occurs at the Women’s World Cup, I would have tuned in. Check out midfielder Megan Rapinoe who busted out with Bruce Springstein’s “Born in the USA” after scoring a goal Saturday:

Nothing wrong with a little patriotism on July 4th weekend, right? The U.S. beat Colombia 3-0 and is now 2-0 in Group C play. They’re also undefeated in Karaoke attempts on the field.

UPDATE: Video can still be seen here.

Thanks to the often imitated but never replicated Online Sports Guys for the story