Abby Wambach DUI


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Nicole Truong, Sports Editor

Just a few months ago, on December 16, 2015, soccer legend Abby Wambach officially announced her retirement and took the field for the last time as a USWNT player. Playing her last game against the People’s Republic of China, Wambach played 71 minutes as honorary captain. Now, only four months after her retirement, Abby Wambach has been booked on an account of a suspected DUI incident.


Wambach, 35, was pulled over after failing to stop for a red light at 11:05 p.m. local time this past Saturday (April 9th) in Portland, Oregon. She was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and was taken to Portland’s Central Precinct, where she failed a breath test. Wambach was booked at 2:02 a.m. local time Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants), according to Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. She was released on her own recognizance and was described as being polite and cooperative with the police (


On Facebook, Wambach expressed deep regret for her actions and apologized for letting herself and her fans down. She states that, “Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.” Wambach claims that she was driving home from dinner at a friend’s house (CNN).


Wambach, international soccer’s all-time scoring leader, will appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court on April 26th. Speaking at Georgetown University’s OWN IT Summit, a leadership conference that she committed to attend long before the arrest, the former USWNT star spoke of the incident during a segment hosted by CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. She stated that, “You guys might think because I played on the national team, that I am this superstar and whatnot. But this is actually a really good lesson for all of you, no matter what, because you guys are going to become our next leaders you guys are going to become the next thing for this country. Everybody makes mistakes. I made a mistake. I am owning it.”


Wambach has pleaded not guilty. High school varsity soccer player Liz Geraghty (10) said that “I couldn’t believe that this has happened. But I still look up to Abby as a role model and leader.” This incident may have tainted her reputation, but it can certainly not detract from the record-breaking years Wambach played for the USWNT; she will still forever be remembered as a legend who pushed the boundaries and brought professional women’s soccer into the spotlight.