GOAL! Rapinoe gets her second.

GOAL! Rapinoe gets her second.

August 5, 2021

By Andrew Das

If you thought the olimpico was good, Rapinoe’s second goal was better.

The chance shouldn’t have been a chance, really. It started with a Christen Press cross that should have been easily handled in the center. But the first Australian defender couldn’t get the job done, and Alanna Kennedy’s second effort was a sliced clearance that spun in the air toward Rapinoe on the left side of the area.

PINOE x2‼️@USWNT x #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/UpIdHYLbZZ

Watching the ball fall, Rapinoe waited and waited, sized it up and then swung a mighty right foot at it and — boom!— sent a shot past Teagan Micah before the goalkeeper could even shift her feet.

A rocket of a finish, and a 2-1 lead for the United States. And if you thought Rapinoe was feeling some joy before, you should see her now.

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