The goal-scoring champion and Olympian failed field sobriety tests following a missed red light.
Retired U.S. woman’s soccer star Abby Wambach was arrested in Oregon on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said Sunday.
“Wambach was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation,” the police statement said.
Wambach, who helped the U.S. women’s team to the 2015 World Cup title and retired as the world’s leading international goal-scorer, was arrested late Saturday night in Portland after police saw her run a red light in her 2014 Range Rover, according to a police statement.
She failed field sobriety tests and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants—alcohol. She was later released on her own recognizance.
Wambach, 35, a former Olympic, professional and World Cup player, scored more goals in international competition than any other soccer player in history—male or female—before her October 2015 retirement.
In Canada last year, Wambach played on her fourth World Cup team. She won Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2004. In 2012 she was selected FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, becoming the second American to win the honor after Mia Hamm. She had 27 goals and eight assists that year and scored in the first five matches of the London Olympics.
Her final game with the U.S. women’s national team came Dec. 16 in New Orleans against China. “I love this team, this country, and it has been my pleasure and my honor to represent you all, the fans, for as long as I’ve been able to,” Wambach said after the 1-0 loss that drew more than 30,000 fans.
She scored 184 goals in 252 matches in international play. Abby is married to Sarah Huffman.
Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend’s house.
Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down.
I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.
I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.