The USWNT wrapped up its post-World Cup victory tour Wednesday against China, marking the final cap for living legend Abby Wambach. Unfortunately, the United States dropped a 1-0 result, executing a game plan that was more focuses on getting Wambach one more goal for the Stars and Stripes. It may have been a disappointing final result for the forward, but winning the 2015 World Cup was really how she ended her career. The last few friendlies have simply been an extended championship parade. Now it's time for Wambach to start the party.
And keeping in tradition with retired American soccer players, Wambach has already taken a shot at USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Wambach made her comments during an episode of Bill Simmons's podcast that was published Wednesday.
"I would definitely fire Jurgen [Klinsmann]. Sorry Sunil [Gulati], sorry, U.S. soccer, but I don't think Jurgen and this litmus test on him has worked. He hasn't really focused, I feel, enough attention on the youth programs. Although he says he has, I don't think that he has," Wambach told Simmons. "The way that he has brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is not something I believe in wholeheartedly. I don't believe in it. I don't believe in it in my heart.
"And I love Jermaine Jones, I love watching him play, and I love Fabian Johnson, and he plays in Germany and is actually killing it right now after being sent home for 'faking an injury.' But I just think that this experiment that U.S. Soccer has given Jurgen isn't one that personally I'm into. It's gotta be interesting for those guys to see their coach take off in a helicopter and fly home to his home and then back to training."
The young American center back, hero of the 2014 World Cup win over Ghana, is heating up. After going nearly a year without a goal for Hertha Berlin, he's bagged two goals in three games. Brooks won a header off a corner Wednesday to help Berlin advance in the German Cup.
When one thinks of the tournament that determines South America's best soccer nation, the first place that comes to mind is East Rutherford, N.J.
What's happening in The A?
The Hawks finally got off the mat, ending a three-game losing streak by blasting the hapless Philadelphia 76ers, 127-106. With the loss, Philadelphia falls to 1-26 this season.
The Braves added a new catcher Wednesday, signing former Chicago White Sox backstop Tyler Flowers to a two-year deal. Flowers is expected to split time behind the plate with A.J. Pierzynski this season.