Megan Rapinoe capped Independence Day weekend by giving America a World Cup.

On July 7, the midfielder booted a penalty kick into the net at Lyon, France, for the go-ahead goal in what would be a 2-0 victory for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team over the Netherlands. That kick sealed her status as the best player in the tournament—Rapinoe, 34, was awarded FIFA's MVP trophy, the Golden Ball, and the Golden Boot for most goals scored—on what is now undeniably the best squad in the world.

Above that, Rapinoe has been an outspoken advocate for racial and gender equality. Several weeks before the championship, she proclaimed, "I'm not going to the fucking White House"—a rebuke to President Donald Trump's policies restricting LGBTQ rights.

And all of this started in North Portland.

That's where Rapinoe spent four years on the varsity squad at the University of Portland, a Catholic school with 4,000 students and a growing claim as the capital of American women's soccer. "Everywhere we play, all over the world," Rapinoe said on a return visit to UP in 2012, "I know I have Pilot Nation behind me."

Rapinoe is a defiant, tireless, lavender-haired world champion. And she wasn't the only competitor in France from Portland. Ten of the players in this year's World Cup have Portland ties—either to the University of Portland Pilots or the Portland Thorns Football Club.

Adrianna Franch (U.S.)

Position: Goalkeeper
Portland connection: Plays for Thorns FC, joined 2016

Tobin Heath (U.S.)

Position: Midfielder
Portland connection: Plays for Thorns FC, joined 2014

Lindsey Horan (U.S.)

Position: Midfielder
Portland connection: Plays for Thorns FC, joined 2016

Allie Long (U.S.)

Position: Midfielder
Portland connection: Played for Thorns FC, 2013-17

Jessica McDonald (U.S.)

Position: Forward
Portland connection: Played for Thorns FC, 2014

Alex Morgan (U.S.)

Position: Forward
Portland connection: Played for Thorns FC, 2013-15

Megan Rapinoe (U.S.)

Position: Forward
Portland connection: Played for UP Pilots, 2005-08

Emily Sonnett (U.S.)

Position: Defender
Portland connection: Plays for Thorns FC, joined 2016

IMAGE: University of the Fraser Valley.
IMAGE: University of the Fraser Valley.

Sophie Schmidt (Canada)

Position: Midfielder
Portland connection: Played for UP Pilots, 2007-10

IMAGE: Simon Fraser University.
IMAGE: Simon Fraser University.

Christine Sinclair (Canada)

Position: Forward
Portland connection: Plays for Thorns FC, joined 2013; played for UP Pilots, 2001-05