Abby Wambach: Retired USWNT star joins “ESPN” as contributor, podcast host

Abby Wambach: Retired USWNT star joins ESPN as contributor, podcast host

Abby Wambach, the leading career goal scorer for the United States women’s soccer team and Rochester native will join ESPN as an analyst.

Abby Wambach will cover the European Championships in France and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. However, her role won’t be limited just to soccer. She will be working with ESPN Films and shows like “Outside the Lines.”

“My soccer career has provided me with a lot of different experiences that brings more than Xs and Os to the table,” Wambach said in a news release. “I’m excited to join ESPN and to have the opportunity to tell stories that transcend soccer.”

Abby Wambach, 35, retired from soccer in December after 15 years as the USWNT’s all-time leading goal scorer. She made headlines in April after she was pulled over for driving under the influence in Portland, Ore. She pleaded guilty and entered into a program for first-time offenders.

“Abby is an original talent who can speak to a variety of topics,” said Andy Tennant, executive producer, E:60 and Outside The Lines. “She will be an engaging voice that will be valuable across multiple ESPN platforms.”