Latest Abby Wambach News

Witt Jr., Lynch win national prep athletes of year

Jul. 10, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — Bobby Witt Jr. realized a childhood dream, getting selected No. 2 overall by the Kansas City Royals in the major league baseball draft. The younger Witt added another honor, too, when he and softball pitcher Kelley Lynch were named national prep athletes of the year on Tuesday...

Megan Rapinoe is being, well, Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup

Jun. 29, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With a colorful vocabulary and manner to match her pinkish-purple hair, Megan Rapinoe stands out simply by being Megan Rapinoe. She celebrated her two goals in the quarterfinal match against France at the Women's World Cup by raising both arms in victory, reminiscent of Russell Crowe in...

Sweden through to quarterfinals with 1-0 win over Canada

Jun. 24, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Stina Blackstenius scored early in the second half and Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada on Monday night. Blacktenius scored in the 55th minute. Canada had a chance to pull even in the 69th but goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped Janine...

Defending champion US plays Spain to open knockout stage

Jun. 23, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — Spain coach Jorge Vilda says part of the challenge in facing the United States is making sure his players aren't intimidated by the defending Women's World Cup champions. Spain faces the top-ranked U.S. team Monday in Reims, marking the first time La Roja will appear in the knockout...

Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores 2 as US beats Chile

Jun. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd wasn't thrilled to open the Women's World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start. When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win...

Lloyd adjusts to new role, but doesn't accept it

Jun. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd is not accepting her new role. Not at all. Lloyd was the star of the 2015 Women's World Cup four years ago in Canada, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes of the final to help the U.S. national team win its third World Cup title. The hat trick earned Lloyd the nickname...

US catches heat for World Cup goal celebrations

Jun. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — The goals were one thing, the celebrations another. The U.S. women's national team faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night. The win set a World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. Alex Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most...

Wambach, Gulati elected to US Soccer Hall of Fame

May. 26, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Retired forward Abby Wambach and former U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati have been chosen for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. The pair will be inducted Sept. 21 at the new hall building in Frisco, Texas. The 38-year-old Wambach scored a U.S. record 184 goals in 256...

Sinclair says she's been waiting for this Canadian team

May. 24, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

While Christine Sinclair edges closer to the all-time international goals record, her team will be chasing a title. Fifth-ranked Canada embarks on its Women's World Cup quest in France with its captain sitting at 181 career goals — four away from breaking former U.S. star Abby Wambach's global record...

US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup

May. 24, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up. Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions. Among the challengers are host...