By Erica Joe
I love Abby Wambach. Let’s just get that out there. Some (maybe many) will disagree with me, but I think she could be the greatest female soccer player EVER. I was young when Mia Hamm was in her heyday, so maybe I missed something there. Not that I don’t think Mia Hamm was awesome, I just think Abby is awesome-er.
Wambach leads her team on and off the field, she’s incredibly tough (she’s got a little gangsta in her – don’t think of crossing her on the street), her skill doesn’t even need mentioning, and she’s smart.
During the overwhelmingly stressful semifinal match against Canada (I couldn’t sit still throughout the match and might have kicked a trashcan or two), it was Wambach who counted off the seconds aloud each time Canada’s goalkeeper Erin McLeod held the ball – causing the referee to make the extremely rare call for delay of game. Goalkeepers are allowed six seconds to hold the ball, and this was at least the fifth time McLeod held onto it for over 10 seconds. Maybe not the most intricate of plans by Wambach, but her persistence may have pushed the referee to finally make the call.
After Wambach’s performance in the World Cup I wanted to make a bronze bust of her head because it was the U.S. team’s most powerful and dependable weapon. Now maybe it should be a gold bust…or, a silver depending on Thursday’s outcome. My fingers are crossed for gold!