Women’s soccer doesn’t quite get the blue-and-green love that the Sounders inspire,


Women’s soccer doesn’t quite get the blue-and-green love that the Sounders inspire, but it’s a growing sport. And the Seattle Reign is gradually building a local following. Though goalkeeper Hope Solo is perhaps the team’s biggest star, midfielder Megan Rapinoe may be the most interesting figure on the pitch. On loan to Lyon’s Olympique Lyonnais club for most of the season, Rapinoe adopted the life of the French, learning the language and earning a recent profile in The New York Times. With her short blonde hair and no-nonsense demeanor, she doesn’t make a big deal about being out as a lesbian. She scored two goals in a recent contest against Chicago, and could certainly increase her output with a full season for the Reign—unless Lyon makes her another offer. (Note: The Reign completes its season August 17 with a match against Portland at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.)

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