Abby Wambach Will Need to Carry US Women's Soccer to Gold Medal

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Abby Wambach of the United States Women's football team faces the media during a press conference ahead of the Women's Olympic Football Final between Japan and United States at Olympic Park on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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The U.S. Women’s Soccer team will need Abby Wambach more than ever in today’s gold-medal game.

The game features a rematch of last year’s World Cup as the U.S. takes on Japan.

Japan won last year’s World Cup game in a 3-1 shootout, which caused heartbreak for the U.S. team.

Many players are important for the U.S. Women’s team to obtain victory. Hope Solo must be the best goalie on the field. Alex Morgan must score, and their teammates must play their role in order to fulfill destiny.

The most important player on their roster has to be Abby Wambach.

Wambach has scored in all five games of the Olympic tournament, and she’s also scored goals that were integral in each game.

In fact, she scored the tying goal off a penalty in their classic against Canada two days ago.

Wambach also pointed out that same penalty to the officials. She ran near referee Christiana Pedersen and counted 10 seconds, revealing Canada’s goalie Erin McLeod held the ball too long. A goalie is required to hold the ball for six seconds in Olympic rules.

It’s the presence of mind Wambach has that makes her an all-around threat against opponents. It’s that same presence of mind that makes Wambach invaluable to the U.S. Women’s Soccer team.

Wambach delivers when her team needs her the most. The U.S. forward is one the most clutch players on that team.

Plus, revenge is on her mind. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times she said, “There is no better motivation than losing.” That loss is fresh in her mind just as much as her team.

Abby Wambach will not let her team down. She will carry the U.S. Women’s Soccer team to their fourth gold medal in their history.

Wambach is a force to be reckoned with. Today, she will show the world that the U.S. will not lose to Japan again.