Megan Rapinoe joins U.S. teammates Julie Johnston and Carli Lloyd on the eight-player shortlist for the FIFA Women's World Cup Golden Ball award, given to the best player in the tournament.
Rapinoe has a goal and assist in the tournament, but those stats alone don't fully highlight her importance on the team. Her run into the box earned a penalty against Colombia, which Carli Lloyd scored, and she's been one of the most important creative playmakers on the team.
The Reign accolades don't end there. Hope Solo is also in the running for the Golden Glove award. While she hasn't been forced to make as many saves as other keepers in the tourney, Solo has came up big when she was needed.
Congrats on the nominations, Pinoe and Solo!