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FourFourTwo's 31 Most Powerful People in U.S. soccer: 25-21

First up was 31-26. We carry on counting down those who are influencing soccer in the U.S.:

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We're marching on in our countdown of the 31 most powerful figures in soccer in the United States. The next five people cover a wide variety of professions within the sport:

25. Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe made international headlines in September when she knelt for the United States national anthem in solidarity with other athletes – mainly in the NFL – to raise awareness for social injustice. She drew plaudits and criticism for her decision to carry that over to the international scene, kneeling even while wearing the U.S. Soccer crest.

Many people on this list draw power from their control of where money does – and doesn’t – flow, but Rapinoe’s ability to influence the masses and her unwavering commitment to advancing tough conversations makes her incredibly influential within the United States. Her literal place at the table as one of the U.S. players on the women’s union’s CBA committee means she’ll also use that influential voice in the team’s continued fight for equal pay.

-- JK

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