15 Oct Not done yet: Rapinoe helps Reign clinch playoffs
The USWNT veteran is retiring at the end of the season and, with the Reign sitting in the final playoff position as the NWSL wrapped up its regular season, there was a chance that Sunday’s game in Chicago could be her last as a professional if results hadn’t gone their way.
However, two Rapinoe goals early in the second half and a third from Reign teammate Jessica Fishlock soon after moved the team into fourth place in the standings and has them heading to the postseason.
The Wave’s move into first came at the expense of defending NWSL champions the Portland Thorns, who lost 5-1 to Angel City FC — a win that moved the Los Angeles club into a playoff spot of its own with a fifth-place finish.
The winners of those two games will go on to face either the Wave or Thorns — who earned a first-round bye for finishing first and second, respectively — in the semifinal round on Sunday, Nov. 5.