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Megan Rapinoe was given a heartfelt farewell following her last regular-season home game with the OL Reign, marking her impending retirement.

The two-time World Cup champion had devoted her entire 11-season National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) career to the Seattle club.

A record crowd of 34,130 watched Friday’s scoreless draw against the Washington Spirit.

“It just feels like home. It was always the safest place,” said Rapinoe, 38.

“This was just always the place where I could be myself.”

Rapinoe’s team-mates wore number 15 warm-up shirts in her honour before a video tribute featuring sports icons, including tennis legend Billie Jean King and Seattle baseball great Ken Griffey Jr, was shown at Lumen Field stadium.

“I am a little bit at a loss for words,” added the Olympic champion and 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, who announced earlier this year that she would retire at the end of the NWSL season.

“To be able to play here my whole career, in one city – it’s just really special to be able to have this.”

OL Reign Pays Tribute to US Forward Megan Rapinoe in Final Regular-Season Home Match

Players from each side hugged Rapinoe as she stepped off the field at the end of the game to roars from the crowd, which included her partner Sue Bird, a five-time Olympic basketball gold medallist.

“It’s been such an incredibly journey,” said Rapinoe. “Thank you – to everyone.”

Under the guidance of English coach Laura Harvey, the Reign are still in the running for a playoff spot and are scheduled to play their last regular-season match against the Chicago Red Stars on October 15th.

Megan Rapinoe bid farewell to her international career following a friendly victory over South Africa last month.

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