Wambach pleads guilty to drunken driving count

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by TOM SLATER

Not everything is roses in the world of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Abby Wambach, the United States’ all-time leading scorer for both men and women, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence.

Wambach pleaded guilty in an Oregon court to driving under the influence of intoxicants. She was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol assessment and treatment. In addition, Wamback must install a device in her car requiring her to blow into a tube while sober to start the car and abstain from drinking alcohol.

The 35-year-old retired player agreed to enroll into a program that could see her drunken driving charge from April 2nd be expunged in a year if she completes the program.

The diversion program is open to first-time offenders.

According to reports, Wambach was stopped by a Portland police officer on April 2nd after seeing her drive through a red light shortly after 11 p.m. Wambach failed field sobriety tests and was later booked and released sometime after.

Wambach, who lives in Portland, wrote an apology on her Facebook page the day after her arrest and promised to “do whatever it takes” to avoid driving drunk in the future.

She wrote that she was arrested after leaving dinner at a friend’s house.

The United States soccer icon retired shortly after the United States won the Women’s World Cup in Canada. She is the sport’s all-time leading scorer with 184 international goals.