Megan Rapinoe out for World Cup semifinal after straining hamstring while kneeling for national anthem

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Megan Rapinoe was unexpectedly out of the starting lineup for the semifinal game against England with a hamstring injury. Rapinoe admitted in an interview that she sustained the injury while kneeling for the National Anthem.

“Yeah, you know, I play hard and I protest hard too,” said Rapinoe. “I was really focused on getting that kneel just right and have an appropriate scowl when I felt the tweak. I knew right away it wasn’t good. I’m just hopeful we make it to the finals and I have enough time to heal.”

The US team survived against England 2-1 and will face The Netherlands on Sunday. Rapinoe is hopeful that she can recover in time to play.

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