Abby Wambach made it no secret that she wouldn’t be satisfied with her career unless it included a World Cup victory. After more than a decade on the national team and three near-misses–third place finishes in 2003 and 2007, and second place in 2011–Wambach finally hoisted the World Cup trophy last night after a 5-2 win over Japan.
So will Wambach retire? Or will she continue for another year and try to add a third Olympic gold medal to her trophy case?
Wambach isn’t ready to make her mind up. She told Yahoo News, “Right now, I’m gonna have to definitely re-evaluate in the coming weeks, the coming months. We’ve got the 10-game celebration tour that we’re gonna have a lot of fun with and we’ve got to qualify come January/February of next year for the Olympics.”
35-year-old Wambach acknowledged that she may not be able to perform on an Olympic level.
“We’ll see how my body feels, we’ll see what’s going on with some of the other players on the team,” she said. “It’s an 18-squad, so it’s a harder squad to make. And I just want to be happy and playing really good soccer.”
Wambach spent a good portion of the tournament on the bench and only played 11 minutes in the final game.
But she said she might not be ready to put away the Team USA uniform.
“How do you not want to play for your country every time you possibly can?” Wambach said. “This is a tough one, to be able to go out on top. I don’t know. It’s tough.”