USWNT star Abby Wambach has decided to sit out the 2015 NWSL season to focus solely on the upcoming World Cup in Canada.
Anyone who was hoping to see Abby Wambach play for the New York Flash in the upcoming 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will be ultimately disappointed.
Wambach has decided to sit out the upcoming 2015 season for her club team and focus solely on preparing for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada, which begins in June, according to Sports Illustrated.
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The 2015 NWSL season begins in April and runs through September.
Wambach believes that not playing club soccer for the 2015 season will help better her preparation for the World Cup.
"I am so proud of our league and truly appreciate the support of the Sahlens and the fans of Western New York. At this stage of my career, I know what I need to prepare mentally and physically for this summer. My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S."
There are many people who are worried that the 34-year old playing less competitive soccer would hurt her preparation for the World Cup. There are worries that Wambach would not be in game-shape and that her game may be a bit off come the World Cup because of not playing enough.
However, Wambach does not seem to be worried about that.
At this stage in her career, being 34-years old now, playing fewer games leading up to the World Cup will help keep her fresh for the start of the tournament. She’ll be training on her own, getting ready for the tournament, as well as practicing with her teammates and playing exhibition games for the USWNT as they prepare for the World Cup.
It will be enough to get the USWNT star ready for the World Cup. Wambach has been a part of the USWNT since 2001.
This will be her fourth World Cup that she will play in. The USWNT reached the final during the 2011 World Cup, but ultimately fell to Japan in penalties. Wambach, and the rest of the USWNT, will look to have a different outcome this time around.
H/T Sports Illustrated
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