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Sue Bird: Megan Rapinoe ‘Completely Unfazed’ by Trump Controversy at World Cup

"It won't happen again except let me be clear it might", she says.

Megan Rapinoe is just here to entertain - well, that, and score goals. "The difference between "Kaep" and "Rap" is believability and authenticity".

Whitlock believes Rapinoe's protests are more "organic" than Kaepernick's.

Pride is a huge part of Rapinoe's personality. "There is a world of difference between inspiration and transformation - one is organic; the other is socially engineered".

Rapinoe also scored twice in the last-16 match against Spain and is now the tournament's joint-top scorer on five, alongside compatriot Alex Morgan. That prompted intense media attention on Rapinoe, who addressed the issue at a news conference the day after Trump's tweets. "She is in the discussion for the best player in the world right now".

At the final whistle, she jumped into the arms of her teammates, embracing them one by one. Her genius is that her political commitments, her public persona, and her playing style are one and the same. No reason was given for the change - it could be that Ellis believes the usa needs Press's speed, or it could be a display of just how much depth the US has in its attack. Through her example, Rapinoe has instructed the world on how to play soccer and how to dissent. "It's impossible to ignore her complaints because she's the best player in the World Cup".

Which is what makes Rapinoe's off-the-field persona so interesting and relevant.

The United States women's national team's jersey is now the best-selling soccer jersey ever on Nike.com, outpacing all men's team jerseys, Nike CEO Mark Parker said.

Instead, Rapinoe's focused on winning another World Cup title for the US and she'll use the backlash as motivation to fight for other people.

This is a woman who, after her last win, told reporters, "You can't win a championship without gays on your team. People want, they need, to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol' USA of A".

The Reign FC captain drew criticism from Trump when she said she would not visit the White House if the US win the Women's World Cup, having previously caused a stir with the president by not singing the national anthem. The president, who is hardly bashful about his own imagined successes, also lectured Rapinoe on "finishing the job" before deciding whether to turn down a triumphal White House visit.

Ultimately, Bird says, the politics and the controversy shouldn't take away from the athletic achievements of Rapinoe and the whole USWNT. "But I applaud her for taking a stance, for fighting for equality".

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