Professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who spent more time protesting both the National Anthem than winning Soccer games, finally got a taste of her own medicine.
The 36-year-old captain was left off of the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the SheBelieves Cup, ESPN reported.
U.S. women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski has called up a squad that mixes youth and experience for this month’s SheBelieves Cup, leaving out big names like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in favor of up-and-comers like Sophia Smith and Ashley Sanchez.
The 23-player squad will compete in the USWNT’s first games of 2022 when the Americans face the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Iceland in the SheBelieves Cup, to be held on Feb. 17-23.
Veterans left out include some of the USWNT’s biggest attacking names, such as Rapinoe, Morgan, Tobin Heath and Christen Press. Andonovski said those players had been left off to make room for the players needing to prove themselves.
“All these players are very good players — we know that they’ve done so much for this team,” the coach said of Rapinoe and others who did not make the team. “But right now I want to give a chance to players like Sophia Smith and Mal Pugh and Catarina Macario, Ashley Hatch, players that have earned their spot on the national team or earn their spot back. I want to give them maximum minutes or whatever minutes they earn so we can evaluate every aspect of their game, in the training environment or game setting.”
But the news comes after many fans gave up on Rapinoe and the USWNT for her blatant disregard for the National Anthem and her constant attacks towards former President Donald Trump.
After the first time Rapinoe kneeled, at a 2016 game between the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC, the USWNT was not impressed.
“Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Team,” it said. “In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country. ”