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Not done yet: Rapinoe helps Reign clinch playoffs

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Not done yet: Rapinoe helps Reign clinch playoffs

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Megan Rapinoe scored twice to lead OL Reign to a 3-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars and secure a spot in the NWSL playoffs on Sunday.

The USWNT veteran is retiring at the end of the season and, with the Reign sitting in the final playoff position as the NWSL wrapped up its regular season, there was a chance that Sunday’s game in Chicago could be her last as a professional if results hadn’t gone their way.

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However, two Rapinoe goals early in the second half and a third from Reign teammate Jessica Fishlock soon after moved the team into fourth place in the standings and has them heading to the postseason.

In other NWSL action, Rapinoe’s former United States teammate Alex Morgan scored to help San Diego Wave FC beat Racing Louisville FC 2-0 and move into first place in the overall standings.

The Wave’s move into first came at the expense of defending NWSL champions the Portland Thorns, who lost 5-1 to Angel City FC — a win that moved the Los Angeles club into a playoff spot of its own with a fifth-place finish.

The playoffs begin on Oct. 20, when Rapinoe and OL Reign host Angel City in the quarterfinals, while the North Carolina Courage plays NJ/NY Gotham FC on Oct. 22.

The winners of those two games will go on to face either the Wave or Thorns — who earned a first-round bye for finishing first and second, respectively — in the semifinal round on Sunday, Nov. 5.

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