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National team newcomer is star on college stage

Megan Rapinoe is stepping up her play on both the national team and for the NCAA defending champion Portland Pilots, writes Graham Hays.

Updated: August 2, 2006, 8:36 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

CARY, N.C. -- For Megan Rapinoe, just getting on the field for the U.S. national team during Sunday's international friendly against Canada was an accomplishment.

It may be the last time that just showing up will be enough to satisfy the forward, who will soon leave the national team and begin her sophomore season with the University of Portland.

At the start of the college season last fall, Rapinoe was an unproven commodity for the Pilots. Granted, she was a highly touted prospect after ...

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