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U.S. women's soccer team will rely on several players to assume Abby Wambach's role

U.S. women's soccer team will rely on several players to assume Abby Wambach's role

When Jill Ellis gathers her national team in Carson for the start of its winter training camp Tuesday, it will mark the first time since 2001 that the U.S. women will go into a new year unable to count on Abby Wambach.

And that leaves Ellis with a couple of big holes to fill because Wambach, who retired last month, was not only the most prolific goal-scorer, male or female, in international soccer history, she was also her team's most forceful leader.

"What Abby did on the field, it's very hard to replace. But the things she did off the field as well," said defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who played seven years with Wambach. "From vocal leadership, emotional...

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