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Oregon Sports History/2011: Former Pilot had some big moments though U.S. lost in finals

July 18-22, 2011

Megan Rapinoe reflects on 2011 Women's World Cup — and her primary role on the bench for the United States, which lost to Japan on penalty kicks in the tournament final.

The former University of Portland star, who had been starting for the U.S. as a left-side midfielder, scored one goal in her first World Cup appearance, scoring against Colombia and grabbing a sideline microphone to sing "Born in the USA" to the crowd. She also totaled three assists, each in a different elimination game. Her feed to the head of striker Abby Wambach enabled the U.S. to pull even at 2-2 with Brazil in the quarterfinals, and the U.S. went on to win 5-3 on PKs, with Rapinoe among those converting.

She did get to start against Japan.

"I thought I had played well enough to be in the starting lineup," he said. "I feel like I am a starter and I should be a starter on this team.

"Getting a start in the World Cup final, that's what you live for."

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