Abby Wambach to miss NWSL Season with focus on World Cup


Staff Writer

In a surprise turn, US Women’s National Team striker Abby Wambach, announced Wednesday that she will forgo the 2015 NWSL season in order to prepare for this summer’s World Cup.

“At this stage of my career, I know what I need to prepare mentally and physically for this summer,” Wambach said. “My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S.”

The all-time leading international scorer spent the last two NWSL seasons with the Western New York Flash, and her absence from the lineup this season will certainly be noticeable. Wambach is a possible starter or super sub for the USWNT and a clearly experienced leader on the pitch.

Despite speculation regarding the implications of her announcement on the future of her career, Wambach has informed Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl that this does not mean she will be retiring from professional soccer. Instead, she cited the possibility of playing European club soccer next, as well as the potential for participation in the Olympics next year.

The US Women’s National Team take on New Zealand on April 4th in St. Louis (12pm EST, Fox Sports 1).  The USWNT’s World Cup starts 8th against Australia.