After helping the U.S. Women's National Team win the FIFA Women's World Cup title, Megan Rapinoe will get a hero's welcome on Saturday at the Seattle Reign home match. She'll also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners game on Sunday, July 12.
The game is at 1:10 p.m. against the Los Angeles Angels and will broadcast on ROOT Sports Northwest. We'll see if Rapinoe throws a meaner fast ball than Sounders stars liked DeAndre Yedlin or Clint Dempsey.
The Mariners are offering a discounted ticket package for the event. For as low as $16, you can get a ticket and a U.S. Soccer/Mariners t-shirt.
Rapinoe, who turned 30 on the day of the World Cup final, had two goals and two assists in her six World Cup games. She was arguably the most creative player on the U.S. side as well.
In addition to being honored in Seattle, Redding mayor Francie Sullivan declared July 21 as Megan Rapinoe Day. Rapinoe grew up in the Redding area, attending Junction School and playing soccer for Elk Grove Pride in the Women's Premier Soccer League.
The city will recognize Pinoe with a mayor's proclamation at the Redding City Council meeting that day. Rapinoe will not be in attendance, as she and the Seattle Reign face the Portland Thorns the next day, but her mom will accept the honor on her behalf.
Prior to joining the national team to prepare for the World Cup, Rapinoe played three games with the Reign at the start of the NWSL season. In the opener against the Western New York Flash, she scored her first-ever hat trick and earned an assist, and was named NWSL Player of the Week.
The Reign and Seattle are certainly happy to have Pinoe back in our lives. What better way to welcome her than attending the Seattle Reign match (get your tickets before they sell out) on Saturday and Mariners game on Sunday?