Rapinoe said she is thankful for the chance the national team has gotten to prepare in a safe environment.
"We all understand we are in a global pandemic," she said, "our country being one of the countries that's been hit the hardest or handled it the worst, however you want to say that, and we understand the implications of bringing the global community together for, technically, a non-essential kind of thing."
Rapinoe and her teammates already have been through the process of beginning an Olympic year in 2020, with Concacaf qualifying and the SheBelieves Cup, and having everything shut down.
"We just do everything we can to keep our environment safe, prepare the way that we can, fully understanding, much like last year, it could very likely not happen again," she said. "That would be awful. Personally, I would be devastated. I think a lot of my teammates would be devastated to miss out fully on a major championship because I don't think it would postponed again. Someone will tell us at some point, but until then we just keep training and keep playing these games."
Rapinoe, who didn't play in 2020 after the Olympics were postponed, was one of only four players to start both games against Colombia and scored twice in Friday's win over the Cafeteras.
"I feel really good," she said. "I'm very thankful for the trust that Vlatko [Andonovski] and the whole staff put in me staying away from the team for the year and not being a part of any activities, knowing that, or at least trusting me that, I would show back fit and ready to go, which I did. I feel better this January than maybe in 10 years."
Rapinoe's two goals followed the opening goal from Catarina Macario, who was making her first start with the U.S. national team.
"I think what she showed tonight, what she's been showing us in training, is unbelievable," said Rapinoe. "We haven't ever had a striker that plays like her. She comes back, gets on the ball, is very creative, more like a false nine."
Rapinoe missed the two national team camps last fall so she did not get a chance to see Macario, who attended the camps but wasn't eligible to play for the USA. But Rapinoe has seen some of the goals Macario scored at Stanford and been duly impressed.
"Taking one off the chest and volleying into the top corner, or just a quick touch around and burying it hard and low," she said. "I think physically she's already ready to be at this level, which is a huge jump for a lot of people to go from college. You saw she can hold it up, she’s quick, she’s fast, she thinks fast. She is just going to be one of those fun players that you love to see, someone that is going to excite the fans, someone that is going to come out with something creative.”