A veteran Olympic star and longtime Pride defender, Megan Rapineo, died Friday at age 40, Orlando Pride officials announced.
Rapinea had been battling cancer.
The team announced the news on Twitter.
Rapino, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time NWSL Defender of the Year, was the first player in Orlando Pride history to win both the 2016 NWSL Gold Cup and the 2016 Orlando Pride Cup.
She played professionally for three years with the Orlando Pride.
The Pride were in the NWSL Playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, winning the inaugural NWSL Championship.
The Orlando Pride, led by head coach Tom Sermanni, reached the semifinals of the championship.
Rapino played in a total of seven matches in 2016, scoring four goals.
She captained the team for the past four seasons, playing in all 82 matches in 2017 and finishing with nine goals.
Rapinios first professional goal came in the 2015 NWSL Champions League quarterfinals, and she scored two goals in that match, helping the team win the championship that year.
Rapinaos playing career included five years with FC Kansas City (2011-13), two years with Atlanta United FC (2012-14) and one year with Houston Dynamo (2015-17).
She scored 15 goals in 137 regular season matches for FC Kansas.
Rapanios career was capped with the 2014 NWSL Women’s World Cup.
The United States captured the trophy in the final in Brazil.
She was named NWSL Player of the Month for April after scoring three goals and adding two assists in four games.
Rapiinao was the second player in league history to have a 10-game regular season with 10 goals and 10 assists in her career.
The first was Alex Morgan, who had 13 goals and 11 assists in his final season with the Seattle Reign.
Rapipios career also included two Olympic gold medals, the first for a player under age 40.
The other was Megan Rapini, who also played for the United States at the 2015 London Games.
The three players are the third Pride players to be inducted into the Pride Hall of Fame.
Rapinis first Pride career goal came on Jan. 18, 2016.
She scored a goal in the 90th minute of a match against the Portland Thorns in the 2016 NPSL Championship.
Rapieana was part of the Pride’s first championship season, in 2016.
The club won the 2016 USL PRO Championship, which marked the team’s first ever postseason championship.
In 2017, Rapini and the Pride won the 2017 MLS Cup.
Rapinas final regular season goal came against the Seattle Sounders in the 2017 NWSL Season Opener.
Rapinia led the Pride in assists with four in the season opener.
She also set a NWSL record with 13 consecutive games without conceding a goal.
Raponios final goal came during a match with the Houston Dash, as part of a five-match unbeaten streak.
She added three assists in those five matches.
Rapana was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team during the 2018 FIFA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.