Wambach's loss leaves U.S. team reeling

July 17, 2008
CanalesBy Andrea Canales
(Archive)
When Abby Wambach dove in for a 50-50 ball versus Brazil, she was doing what she had done for years on the national team level. She was playing full-tilt soccer. Her all-or-nothing style is her trademark. It didn't matter that she was in an exhibition match -- a meaningless friendly that the U.S. women would win 1-0 versus a squad they had defeated a few days earlier.

Wambach's fearless approach had left her bruised and battered before and once covered with blood from a head wound in ...

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