Rapinoe expects to be ready for World Cup Final despite “minor strain”

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USWNT left wing Megan Rapinoe was a surprise scratch from the team’s World Cup semifinal win over England, but the 34-year-old isn’t worried about availability for Sunday’s final versus either Sweden or the Netherlands.

“Just a little minor strain, but I feel like I’ll be ready for the final.” Rapinoe said on Fox after the game. “It’s hard three days on the bounce in this old body.”

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Rapinoe said she spent the game on the bench trying to bring “hype for the team,” and was very proud with the USWNT’s work in the 2-1 win.

“They dug deep again. We talked a lot about the depth that we have and this is the moment that you need to display it. We’re in the sixth game of a long tournament and we’ve only had three days rest for the last three games.”

The depth of the USWNT means Rapinoe’s availability to play is more important than her availability to start. Entering the Women’s World Cup Final with Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe on the bench is an admirable situation for any team.