Team USA was kicked out of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe missed a crucial penalty.
In a penalty shoot-out against Sweden, team USA was close to securing a win only for its top star to miss the crucial penalty that would see her team lead with 4-2 and likely ensure their advance into the quarter-finals.
After missing her shot, Rapinoe walked back to the halfway line while smirking and laughing to herself on the way. Later, the realization hit in and the soccer star collapsed and broke into tears on the field.
Team USA fans seemed to be taken aback by Megan’s reaction to her missed penalty with many viewers calling on her to be canceled.
“I’m generally a Megan Rapinoe fan, but laughing after a missed penalty is not a good look,” someone wrote.
“Megan Rapinoe laughing after she missed a game-winning pk… never happier to see a player retire. Never want to see her on my tv again. What a way to end your career,” another said.
A third fumed: “I’m generally a Megan Rapinoe fan, but laughing after a missed penalty is not a good look.”
After the forsaken penalty shoot-out, Rapinoe herself spoke out and suggested the reason why she laughed was because the missed penalty reminded her of dark comedy.
“I thought we played really well, I am so happy for us that we went out playing the way that we did. This is dark comedy, I missed a penalty. This is the balance to the beautiful side of the game,” she said.
“I feel really grateful and joyful and I know this is the end and that is sad. This is the only time I have been in one of these (losing on penalties at a World Cup) – it has been an honor.”
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