“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.
Landon Donovan caused a minor stir on Tuesday night when he celebrated Abby Wambach’s role in the USWNT’s run to the World Cup final with a Tweet some perceived as a shot at USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Donovan, of course, was left off the World Cup roster last summer by Klinsmann, much to the chagrin of many U.S. fans.
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So you can see why many thought this Tweet from the USMNT’s legendary scorer caused some to raise their eyebrows (if not furrow their brows altogether).
Donovan joined The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to talk USWNT, but also to clear the air in a sense, saying he knew right after Tweeting it that people might take it the wrong way.
Hours after reaching her second World Cup final with the U.S. national team, veteran striker Abby Wambach jumped on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss how she is feeling.
Wambach, 35, was reduced to a spot on the subs bench in the USWNT’s 2-0 semifinal win over Germany in Montreal, and revealed that she is adjusting to her new role as an impact player.
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The 2012 World Player of the Year also told Dan that she wants to face Japan in the final, as there is a little bit of unfinished business to attend to after the U.S. lost to the Japanese in the 2011 World Cup final in a penalty shootout.
“I’m not afraid to play any team. We wanted to play Germany because we wanted to play the best in the world because when we leave this tournament we want to feel like we are the world champions. In order to do that you have to beat the best teams… Of course, it would make for a fairytale ending in terms of playing Japan in the final.”
Watch snippets of Wambach’s interview with Dan Patrick above and below, as she also touches on the impact Landon Donovan had for the U.S. men’s national team.
In the above video, Part 1 of the Men in Blazers’ discussion with Dan Patrick, Roger and Michael bring humor to the table discussing the evolution of their TV show and their obsession with Wayne Rooney’s hair plugs, among other topics.
Below, in Part 2, Rog and Davo talk over which Premier League squad Patrick should support, and also converse about the possibility of Dan as “Who Wants to be a Millionare” host.
You can follow Roger on Twitter, @rogbennett, and Michael, @embassydavies.
“You’re probably not going to have be on again because I’m retiring.”
So said Landon Donovan in a remarkably candid conversation with Dan Patrick on Thursday’s show, as he detailed his feelings on his final appearance in an USMNT jersey (which is coming Friday night against Ecuador).
Donovan is very, very funny in the interview — especially given his usual demeanor — and talks about how Jurgen Klinsmann and he are “okay” now and plenty more with DPS. Watch and enjoy