There’s outrage pouring into Nebraska from around the world of soccer after organizers kicked a team out of an all-girls final for a clerical error that listed a short-haired girl as being a boy.
The Washington Post’s Cleve Wootson tells the story of Milagros “Mili” Hernandez, 8, one of the better players on a team of mostly 11-year-old coached by her father. She also prefers to wear her hair short.
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But when a pair of defeated teams complained that there “was a boy” on the other side of the field, organizers went through the paper work and found her incorrectly checked off as male on one of the forms. Another form listed her as a female, and she is a female, but organizers wouldn’t look at proof from her father. The team was out, and so was she.
The anger has been palpable around the world as this Washington Post story has circulated, even if organizers had the crutch of faulty paper work.
Hernandez will only grow in confidence by the support of the soccer community, including the below video from USWNT legend Abby Wambach and an invitation from none other than the “GOAT”, Mia Hamm, to attend a soccer camp as her guest.
“Something was missing” from the U.S. women’s national team when the Americans failed to win their fourth straight gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, says recently retired legend Abby Wambach, though it wasn’t necessarily her and her all-time record 184 international goals.
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Wambach, whose brand new memoir, Forward, was released this week, was asked the inevitable question — “What happened in Rio?” — during her appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday.
To which she responded: “They just got really tight” … “They didn’t have a soul” … “Something was missing.”
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The 2016 edition was always going to be lacking in the leadership department following Wambach’s retirement last fall, as well as those of Lauren Holiday, Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny (689 combined international appearances, including Wambach). All the international caps, trophies and medals won by the remaining players couldn’t make up for the leadership of their retired teammates. Leadership is different than experience, and the summer of 2016 taught the USWNT that lesson.
For more about Wambach’s book, and how she arrived at telling the story she has ultimately done, which includes her April 2016 arrest for DUI and her admission of years of drug and alcohol abuse, check out the below video in which she explains how that night changed the course of her life, and the book.
Abby Wambach has admitted to long bouts with alcohol and drug abuse, the legendary USWNT striker admitted in a publicity run for her upcoming book, “Forward”.
Wambach, 36, plead guilty to DUI in April.
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The big American striker from Rochester, N.Y., scored 184 goals for her country during a 14-year career, adding 70 in limited club appearances.
She also thanks Sarah Huffman, whom she is divorcing, for helping her see the proverbial light.
From the Associated Press:
“Not only was I hiding this secret from the world for so long, so were the people that I loved — they loved me so fiercely they wanted to protect me as much as possible, almost from myself. Sarah was definitely one of my saving graces because she was one of the first people in my life who made me aware of the problems that I was having,” Wambach said. “And this was years ago. This isn’t something that just snuck up on me when I retired from soccer. This is something I’ve been dealing with for years now.”
“It’s really hard to talk about things when you’re ashamed,” she said. “And I’m not ashamed about what happened to me anymore because it led me to where I’m at right now. I’m proud of where I’m at.”
The book comes out on Tuesday.
Wambach also shared the news that she is the godmother to Dom and Sydney Leroux Dwyer’s kid Cassius Cruz Dwyer.
She’s dipped her toes into the pool during the FIFA elections, and now USWNT soccer legend Abby Wambach may have found her second career.
The all-time leading goal scorer in international competition, Wambach will be branching into the media field.
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The Associated Press’ Anne M. Peterson says it’ll be as an analyst and contributor, while Sports Illustrated media mastermind Richard Deitsch expects her to dig a bit deeper into the reporting world.
Many athletes have succeeded in becoming broadcasters, but true reporting is a different animal. This will be an interesting story to follow.
Wambach’s name was in the news earlier this year when she plead guilty for a DUII charge. She retired from the playing field in December.
Abby Wambach has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Documents from a county court in Portland show that the former U.S. women’s national team forward pleaded guilty to the DUI charges on Tuesday.
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Wambach, 35, was arrested in the early hours of Apr. 2 after being stopped by police driving in downtown Portland after going through a red light. Initially she pleaded not guilty via her lawyer, but appeared in court on Tuesday to plead guilty.
Court records also previously revealed that Wambach, who retired from soccer in Nov. 2015, used both marijuana and cocaine while a member of the USWNT.
The Oregonian reports that Wambach’s guilty plea means that as a first-time offender she can enter a diversion program and have her charges dismissed within a year.
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They also say that the Multnomah County Circuit Court judge ordered a breathalyzer to be installed in Wambach’s car — the car will only start once Wambach is breathalyzed and passes the legal limit — plus she will undergo drug and alcohol treatment.
Wambach’s blood alcohol content was .13, above Portlland’s limit of .08.
The all-time leading goalscorer in international soccer, World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist released the following statement the day after her arrest.
Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend’s house.
Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down.
I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.
I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.