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Megan Rapinoe on USWNT Critics: They've Been 'Waiting for This Team to Stumble'

Megan Rapinoe has responded to the criticism of the United States women's national team in the wake of its disappointing run in the 2023 FIFA World Cup.

In an interview with The Atlantic's Franklin Foer, Rapinoe called out certain groups who have been "waiting for this team to stumble" to give them an opportunity to attack them:

"Yeah, it was really disappointing—and the speed with which those comments got into the atmosphere. Everybody on the right—and everybody who was using hateful language and these tropes—it's like they have just been waiting since, I don't know, 2016?