Written by Will Parchman


Last week, an article emerged in the New York Times that didn’t exactly lavish Abby Wambach in the most flattering of hues. Notably, Wambach said her teammates were often scared of consequences on big stages, deferring instead to Wambach’s ability to “make things happen.” She said she was training for the Women’s World Cup on her own, in Portland, playing pickup games and running streets.

Her words clattered on the ground almost as soon as they were delivered. Harsh, aloof, unfeeling. Wambach’s always been the picture of a competitor, a trait that undoubtedly made her one of the best to ever play in her prime. But it also served to separate her from a wider reality around her. When the Roman general Pompey returned from one of his military triumphs to a lavish parade, fattened by the excess loot and praise he’d earned, he had a slave standing next to him on the moving dais, whispering, “Look Behind. Remember that you are a man” in his ear.

Wambach, it seems, has not employed the same attendant.

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Written by Will Parchman


If you haven’t yet, be sure to skip over to this story on U.S. Women’s National Team star forward Abby Wambach over at the NY Times making the rounds today. It’s a doozy.

Back? Good.

With the Women’s World Cup’s approach, there’s a general sense of foreboding clinging to the shadowy corners of the USWNT camp. The Hope Solo saga still hasn’t been resolved. There’s still the matter of the team’s playing style under Jill Ellis, who’s put away substandard teams but at times struggled to cope tactically against good ones. There’s the idea that this team is good, clearly one of the world’s best, but is it even a favorite anymore? And then there’s what to do about Abby Wambach.

First, let’s pull out some of the choice cuts from Wambach’s chat with the Times.

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Written by Will Parchman


This Vine… is so very USWNT. This was the locker room after Abby Wambach snapped Mia Hamm’s career goals record Thursday night.

Celebrating a major milestone event in your teammate’s career? Why, do the Tootsie Roll, of course! The moral of the story is that Wambach is a national treasure. Can we bronze her alive and put her in the Smithsonian? Was that too far? I’m sorry, I have boundary issues.


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Written by Will Parchman

There’s setting records, and then there’s setting records. Wambach did the latter Thursday night when she scored four goals in the first half in a 5-0 win over South Korea at Red Bull Arena. That’s a combined 9-1 scoreline against the South Koreans in a span of less than a week, for what it’s worth.

Four goals. In one half. That up there is her third, fittingly off a header for her 159th career tally (she finished the game with 160). Incredible longevity for a player who, we shouldn’t forget, played with Mia, the player she just passed. Was touching to see the entire bench scream off the sideline and swamp Wambach.

A mighty doff of the cap to Ms. Wambach. Special moment. Suppose we need a #ChasingAbby now, eh?




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Written by Megan Miller

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The 2015 Women’s World Cup is set to be played in Canada. It is also set to be played on artificial turf.  And believe you me this has rustled some feathers.

U.S. dynamo Abby Wambach, in particular, is disappointed in FIFA’s decision. And I don’t blame her. Top-notch grass fields have always been the standard for FIFA World Cups, as they should be. I mean who really wants to play on shredded synthetic fibers intermixed with millions of black rubber chips (all of which seem to end up in every bodily and uniform crevice after each game without fail). It would be the equivalent of March Madness games being played on concrete painted to look like a hardwood court. Not ideal.

More on why FIFA got it wrong after the jump.

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Written by Meredith Martin

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Last week, FIFA announced the location of the women’s 2015 World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. B.C. Place Stadium contains 55,000 seats and a retractable roof that will help maximize the amount of fans that come to the game. While this may seem like a smart choice by FIFA, there is only one problem: the field is artificial turf.

This is the first time a championship game will ever be played on turf and the members and fans of the USWNT are in an uproar on Twitter.

Wambach, the ringleader of the Twitter protest, believes turf changes the nature of the game.  Not only are players more injury-prone on turf, but they lose their consistency changing from grass to turf. Wambach has even mentioned petitioning FIFA:

Other players, both current and former, have backed Wambach in her efforts to sort the issue.

Michelle Akers, former USWNT legend replied, “Do it!!!  That’s how we got women’s soccer into the Olympics.  We petitioned the hell out of USOC.  Let me know how I can help.”

The battle for grass in the women’s 2015 World Cup is just under way but there is plenty of time to pull out the victory.  One thing is for sure, these women are not going down without a fight.


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USWNT blasts Iceland 3-0

Written by The 91st

The hits keep on coming for the US Women’s National Team as they completed another easy victory, 3-0 over Iceland.

Rachel Buehler (in her 100th cap), Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach all found the score sheet and good times were had by all.


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We did the impossible: we caught up to speedy world-class player Marta at the NSCAA Convention. The Brazilian star talked Ronaldo, youth soccer advice and much more in this exclusive interview with us.


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120 from shandonfan on Vimeo.

At the close of 2012 we brought you a year’s worth of US Men’s National Team goals, now we’re showcasing the ladies. Here is every goal scored by the US Women – all 120. You’re welcome.


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Written by Dill Pickle

Alex Morgan couldn’t buy the spotlight at the Ballon d’Or event earlier this week. First, Messi stole the show with his connect-the-dots suit, then Abby Wambach took the honor for Women’s World Player of the Year … now, this!

Random stalker guy in the background robbed Alex of her final chance to get some solo shine. Look at him peeking around the corner, plotting his next move. Where’s security when you need them?


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