Abby Wambach says she hasn’t had time to think about her future amid the whirlwind of promotion the United States women’s national team has received since winning the World Cup last week. Questions about her looming retirement will be answered “in due time,” she said.
“I haven’t even had time to consider what that would even look like, what that would even mean,” Wambach told Dan Patrick. “I just want to soak this all in.”
Wambach said she needs to speak with her friends, her family and her coach. Wambach was accepting of her role of coming off the bench at the World Cup, but she seems more reluctant to take on the role full-time.
“I am a competitor. I want to play as much as the next person, but I also have to be a realist, that my body is not getting any younger and I have to make those decisions. Right now, I swear I am in no capacity to make any big decisions in my life.”
Wambach noted the irony in that, since she is selling her condo in Los Angeles and trying to purchase an island in the Thousand Islands, a couple hours northeast of the Pittsford, N.Y. native’s hometown.
“There are so many things going on, that that question will be answered in due time,” Wambach said of retiring. “But right now, I honestly don’t even know. I can’t even think about it.”
On Tuesday, the U.S. women returned to a rally in Los Angeles and Friday marked the first time a women’s sports team received a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
Lauren Holiday announced last week that she intends to retire from the national team. The future of 40-year-old Christie Rampone remains a question mark, along with Wambach. Rampone said on Saturday that she will try to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio “if my body holds up.”