No reasons were given for why Megan Rapinoe will miss the Challenge Cup. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Megan Rapinoe won’t participate in the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup later this month.
OL Reign head coach Farid Benstiti told France’s Le Progres that reigning FIFA women’s player of the year will not be on the team roster for the competition. due to her concerns of the spread of COVID-19. Coronavirus cases have spiked a month after Utah reopened.
“It’s a shame,” Benstiti told Le Progres, a French newspaper. “I understand her motivations but I’m disappointed and frustrated that she won’t be with us to take part in the tournament. Megan is important for the group and we would’ve been able to create something really important with the club if she joined the group.
“The team and women’s football are going to miss her a lot.”
Players have been given the option of opting out of the tournament. Several USWNT players, who captured the 2019 Women’s World Cup, might follow Rapinoe’s lead.
The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup will kick off June 27, 2020 in Herriman in closed-door matches.
OL Reign will play its first game against Sky Blue FC at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah June 30.
The NWSL will become the first team sports league in the United States to return from suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.