Abby Wambach says her proudest
achievement is helping increase diversity on her team.
Wambach, who is openly lesbian,
announced her retirement from professional soccer in October and
played her last game last week in New Orleans.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA
Women's World Cup champion and six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer
Athlete of the Year award, Wambach has played for the U.S. women's
national soccer team for 14 years.
In July, a kiss between Wambach and her
wife Sarah Huffman after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup grabbed
“I feel so lucky because when I was
first on the team there was really no gay people on the team,”
told gay glossy Out.
“In fact, there was almost the opposite, these girls were like,
'No, we're straight.' So, they had long hair and ponytails. And now
you see this eclectic group of people that come from all different
places and are different colors and have different preferences. For
me, that's something I'm most proud of.”