ASN Morning Read: One More Walk for Wambach
The United States women's national team star plays her final game. The results weren't perfect, far from it, actually, but that probably wasn't the point. Abby's gone, but not forgotten.
BY Noah Davis Posted
December 17, 2015
December 17, 2015
- One thought: "U.S. Soccer legend and all-time leading goalscorer Abby Wambach played her final game for the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team in the final game of its Victory Tour, which finished in a 1-0 defeat to China in front of a record crowd of 32,950 in New Orleans. After 255 appearances, 18,363 minutes played (including 72 in tonight’s match), with her record 184 goals along with 73 assists, Wambach walked off the pitch to a standing ovation for the last time while wearing the Red, White and Blue."
- Or here's another way to look at the game: "The end of a bizarre, irony-filled day was capped by two bizarre and ironic events. Abby Wambach did not conjure up one final, magical moment to cap her career, and her U.S. women's national team lost–snapping a 104-game home unbeaten run–to end its victory tour."
- Hope Solo on Wambach: "A lot has happened for Abby over the course of all those goals, and I was lucky enough to be there for quite a bit of it. So as we all prepare to say goodbye to her, I’m going to say some things about her you might not have heard before. Abby has a killer sense of humor, and she can laugh at herself, which is one of the things I love about her. She can take it. (And she can dish it, too!)"
- These MLS Year in Review features are fun.
- United States men's national team player of the year? Clint Dempsey? Michael Bradley? Someone else?
“I'm going to have a lot of time on my hands moving forward, maybe Sunil will ask me to be the men’s coach,” Wambach said. "That’s a joke.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) December 17, 2015