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ASN Morning Read: Abby Wambach for President

Or FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Whatever, we're not picky. Elsewhere, we have big news about another women's soccer star, some previews hot off the press, and a health scare.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
December 10, 2013
8:52 AM
  • Abby Wambach was named one of the three finalists for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. The reigning winner is joined by Brazil’s Marta, a five-time winner, and German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. Wambach would join Mia Hamm as the only U.S. player to win the award twice.

  • The ASN crew broke down the U.S. opponents in Group G. Germany is the favorite, but what are the team’s flaws? Besides Ronaldo,who else even plays on Portugal? Will Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan miss a penalty for a third consecutive World Cup? (That last question doesn’t get answered, but it’s fun to point out that he’s the only player to miss two non-shootout PKs in World Cup history.)

  • Alex Morgan is officially engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco. Congrats to the happy couple.

    Carrasco’s ex-teammate DeAndre Yedlin is excited:

  • Contrary to reports, Sacha Kljestan does not have skin cancer. Regardless, we wish him the best:

  • Days after winning the MLS Cup, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen announced his retirement. “That’s legendary status leaving the way he did,” manager Peter Vermes said. The 36-year-old spent four seasons with Kansas City, winning his first league title since the 1998-99 Danish league with Aalborg BK.

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