September 2, 2012 in Sports

Wambach gives warm gift to resigning coach Sundhage


Once the U.S. women’s soccer team’s victory tour suddenly turned into a farewell tour for coach Pia Sundhage, Abby Wambach wanted to send her off on a fitting note Saturday. Wambach scored twice and added an assist in an 8-0 exhibition win over Costa Rica at Rochester, N.Y., before heading to the bench and giving Sundhage a long, warm hug. “I never do that,” Wambach said, referring to the hug. “That’s a sign of where it’s going to be hard not to leave a field and get into the locker room and not see her.” Hours before kickoff, Sundhage informed the players of her decision to step down as coach and return to her native Sweden. She guided the Americans to back-to-back gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. – AP

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