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I don’t know if I found soccer or if soccer found me. Especially because when I was younger, I was doing it, in a lot of ways, because I wanted the attention of my mom and dad.
Abby Wambach

When you’re younger and traveling and visiting new countries and cities, that stuff is exciting; it’s flashy, it’s shiny, but I always had this separation between who I was as a person and who I was as a player.
Abby Wambach

I always wanted to be more validated as a human being, as a person, than I was as a player. I think that was a really hard balance for me.
Abby Wambach

I’m fiercely patriotic, and the flag and the anthem is something that I really, really respect.
Abby Wambach

It feels a little bit odd to me that you have some guys that have never lived in the United States that play for the United States because they were able to secure a passport. To me, that just feels like they weren’t able to make it for their country and earn a living, so they’re coming here.
Abby Wambach

When you’re a pro athlete, life is very narcissistic – everything relates back to you and how you play. When you are getting out of pro sports, you suddenly have to get a little more mindful of what’s going on around you and how you affect the rest of the world.
Abby Wambach

Considering retirement is like skirting with the reality of what’s to come, and I think that’s why so many athletes decide to do more introspection at that point.
Abby Wambach

You can’t cry when things get a little bit hard. You’ve just got to push through and know that there’s a reason and end to the means.
Abby Wambach

I want my legacy to be about the soccer, and if I can help people be happier in life in any capacity, awesome.
Abby Wambach

I think I take on a little more responsibility when push comes to shove. I’m not scared to fail.
Abby Wambach

International friendlies, they mean something, but what you want is to play on the biggest stage, play under the lights.
Abby Wambach

I’ll be honest. After I got married, I definitely had a shift in emotional devotion.
Abby Wambach

Forever, it was just soccer – passion, life, love. Then I got married, and I had to transfer some of my energy. I want to be my best for my country, but I also made a really big promise and choice to be the best in my marriage. That has not always been the easiest thing to manage.
Abby Wambach

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