No I or individual is better than the team. I've scored no goals just on my own. Every goal I've ever scored has been because of someone else on my team, their excellence, their bravery. And I'm kind of the end product of a collection of a really good vibe, and feeling, and creativity on the field.
I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete.
The minute you step off that podium is the minute you start preparing for the next world championship. That's kind of how I work. You celebrate for a brief moment, then you move on.
Right now we have a very recent goal of beating Canada and leaving this World Cup with our heads held as high as we can hold them. There's a lot of pride in still being in the World Cup right now, and there's a lot of pride going into the next 10 months of our preparation for the Olympics.
Winning, you can overlook so many things.
I'm a pretty decent cook. I like to grill. I have a smoker that I love. I love me some steak. And I'll make a huge salad with a ton of vegetables.
It's always really challenging trying to go from player to player/coach. You have a kind of friendship basis of relationship with all of your teammates and now you go to this power position where you have to make decisions that might hurt people's feelings.
I have never once dribbled the whole field and scored a goal by myself.
A few goals is the way soccer is meant to be played.
This might sound masochistic or narcissisticâ€š I don't knowâ€š but when I'm not playing the gameâ€š the validations I feel about life are always through the hardships. I relate more to sadnessâ€š in a lot of waysâ€š when I'm not playing.
At the most elite level, your nutrition becomes a lifestyle: it's not something you have to do when you're preparing for Olympic games or World Cup games - you just do it. You're more inclined to eat healthier because it's better for your muscles.
If given a really great chance, I'm going to put it away every single time.
People don't understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface - all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
I want to do what I can to give the next generation of athletes added advantages in the game.
For some of them it's going to be their last go-round for an international event. I think that's going to be all the more motivation.
I've always had a dream of owning a restaurant. Abby Wam
I have a unique ability to predict the flight of the ball, and my teammates have a unique ability to find me.
My parents, they're the kind of people that didn't want me to get a big head, so they just kept challenging me and challenging me.
You know me, I'm not that kind of person that cares to unveil all of my personal things to the world because frankly, in terms of my soccer, it doesn't matter.
For any athlete growing up, the Olympics is the one thing you watch with your family, and it's the one thing you dream about. Seeing your country's flag go up as you get a gold medal is the best thing you can achieve.
I'm not in the business of politics.
I think there's so much emphasis on body image and results and outcome, but really what you should be after is to be healthy and to feel good about yourself.
The growth of women's soccer and women's sports all around the world has been slow.
To win a championship, you have to have a little bit of luck on your side. Abby Wam
As professional soccer players, we take our bodies to the extreme. We're the people at the gym that look like we're breaking the machines. Pushing our bodies to the limits is what makes us so strong and capable and Olympians. It's not an easy thing to consistently do over and over again to your body
When I look in the mirror, I don't see a person who's made the kind of impact that Mia Hamm made on the game. She's still my idol, the greatest player and the greatest teammate. She achieved so much in so many different ways. What she did for women's soccer can't be measured.
I really enjoy helping people out, and I enjoy time spent with kids.
I'm not spending every second thinking about the World Cup, but it's always in my mind when I make choices and decisions.
2014 was physically a tough year because I injured my knee, and you know how that goes with your emotions and the mentality.
I'm not sure if I'm going to get into coaching. I'm sure I'll stay in soccer somehow. Abby Wambac