Gabby Abby Wambach takes on role as US co-captain

JOSEPH G. WHITE AP Sports Writer Published:

Abby Wambach will have a new title at this year's Olympics.

The 31-year-old striker is now co-captain of the U.S. women's soccer team. It makes sense, given that she was already the team's go-to spokeswoman and vocal locker room leader.

But she can go on and on at times, to the point that Pia Sundhage had to tell her to "shut up" at a meeting not long after Sundhage became coach four years ago.

Wambach says she likes the co-captain role but she thinks Sundhage regrets it sometimes "because I tell her exactly how I feel."

The Americans are in Portugal training for the 12-team Algarve Cup, which begins next week.