Rapinoe scored six goals during a dominant World Cup run, but the team perhaps gained more scrutiny for a comment made by Rapinoe during an interview, when she said "I'm not going to the f***ing White House" if the team won.
The midfielder, who led the USWNT to their fourth World Cup title this year, is just the fourth individual woman to be named Sportsperson of the Year in SI's history, and joins the 1999 World Cup-winning USA team as the only soccer players to ever garner the honor.
The Seahorses appear in Sports Illustrated's video celebrating Rapinoe.
Sports Illustrated also referenced Rapinoe's tendency to use her platform to advocate for "equality for all".
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Rapinoe and her teammates were busing to their training grounds in the western outskirts of Paris on June 26, in advance of a quarterfinal against France, when Donald Trump fired his Twitter salvo.
"Even in a year with many great candidates, choosing Megan as the Sportsperson of the Year was an easy decision", said Steve Cannella, co-editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated. She is also a class representative in the players' equal pay lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation.
The 34-year-old Californian and her team mates sued the US soccer governing body in March for gender discrimination, arguing they had been paid less than the men's squad and were provided inferior working conditions.
Rapinoe will be presented with the award Monday at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.
Rapinoe and her teammates are now preparing for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.