Abby Wambach plans to play in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The 35-year-old Wambach, international soccer’s all-time leading scorer, told FOX Rochester (via FOX Sports’ Seth Vertelney) on July 29 about her plans for next year’s Summer Olympics:
“What’s next for me, my life plan? I haven’t decided about what I’m going to do. I’m planning on playing next summer in Rio, but I gotta let my body recover.
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) July 29, 2015
“I’m going to vacation with my family over the next couple of weeks. I’m excited to go and vacation, get away from a little bit of the whirlwind I’ve been on, to rest, relax and to be able to make maybe some of those future decisions.”
Vertelney emphasizes Wambach’s status for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the Summer Olympics in 2016 is still uncertain. She’ll have to beat other aspirants to make it to the 18-player roster.
In contrast, the FIFA Women’s World Cup allows 23 players on every roster, per FOX Sports.
Wambach has amassed two Olympic gold medals so far. She is best remembered for her game-winning goal against Brazil in the gold-medal game in 2004 and her five goals during the 2012 London Olympics, per Sports Illustrated.
Abby Wambach says ‘it might be difficult to say no’ if asked to play in 2016 Olympics – http://t.co/5x0ELL7G2e
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) July 29, 2015
Wambach had to sit out the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to an injured leg, per SI.com.
She will be 36 years old by the time the Summer Olympics commence in Brazil next year. However, she might not be the oldest. If Christie Rampone — who turns 41 next year — is named to her fifth Olympic team, Wambach most likely will be the second-oldest player on the U.S. roster if she makes the cut, per SI.com.
Wambach presented fellow U.S. Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs on July 15.
Wambach, who helped the United States win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title with a 5-2 win over Japan in Vancouver on July 5, earned another accolade when she and her U.S. Women’s National Team members won the ESPY for Best Team on July 15, per ESPN.com.
— Yahoo Soccer (@YahooSoccer) July 29, 2015
In another women’s football development, the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Portland Thorns set a new league attendance record when 21,144 fans showed up for the match against their rivals, the Seattle Reign, on July 29, per FIFA.com.
Portland wound up victorious on July 29, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Kim Little, per FIFA.com.
The attendance figure still fell short of the all-time mark set for a women’s football match in the United States, which was 34,148 for the Washington Freedom’s 1-0 win over the visiting Bay Area CyberRays at RFK Stadium in April 2001, per SoccerStats.us.
Nonetheless, the Portland Thorns’ accomplishment occurs just barely a week after three of the four featured NWSL matches recorded capacity crowds. A week before that, the Houston Dash sold out their home game against the Chicago Red Stars with an attandance of 13,000, per FIFA.com.
The Stars beat the Dash, 2-1, per HoustonDynamo.com.
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