Less than two weeks ago, Abby Wambach stood draped in an American flag, surrounded by her teammates. They celebrated on the pitch of historic Wembley Stadium, the cheers of 85,000 fans drowning out their ecstatic screams. Wambach, Alex Morgan, & Co. had just won their second-straight Olympic gold, avenging a 2011 World Cup final loss to Japan. Euphoria abounded. But there was a melancholic undercurrent to the celebration. After leaving London, few of these women had club teams to rejoin. This gold-medal game was the last meaningful match many of them will play for months. Maybe even years.
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