Abby Wambach, soccer’s all-time leader in international goals, wants to try for a third Olympic gold medal in 2016, but she won’t decide if she’s capable of making a run for the U.S. team until next year.
“That’s going to be a decision for next year depending on how my body feels,” Wambach said, according to USA Today. “I can’t imagine not wanting to go to an Olympic Games. But right now I really just have to put all my focus and energy toward the World Cup [this summer] and definitely make those decisions after.”
Wambach, 34, won gold with the U.S. in 2004 and 2012. She missed the Beijing 2008 Olympics due to a broken leg suffered one month before the Games.
Wambach will turn 36 two months before the Rio Olympics. Two U.S. players older than that have played in the Olympics since women’s soccer was added in 1996 — Christie Rampone in 2012 and Joy Fawcett in 2004, according to sports-reference.com.
Rampone is the U.S. women’s national team captain and could make her fifth straight Olympic team in 2016, though she hasn’t committed to playing beyond the World Cup, should she make that team.
It would be tougher for Wambach or Rampone to make the 2016 Olympics than the 2015 World Cup not only because they will be one year older, but also because the Olympic roster size is 18 players. The 2011 World Cup was 21. The 2015 World Cup is 23.
The U.S. is stacked with attackers to challenge Wambach for roster spots and playing time, including Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez.