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By CHRISTA MANN
When the WPS overcame its recent scoring slump and tallied 11 goals in only two games, players from the Washington Freedom, Chicago Red Stars and FC Gold Pride all thought they had a shot at the WPS Player of the Week.
Although Tiffany Wiemer had a goal and assist for the Bay Area, and Brittany Klein tallied a single goal and two assists for Chicago, no one was more deserving than Abby Wambach, who delivered two goals and one assist.
Wambach earned Player of the Week not only for finishing her own chances but for also creating opportunities when the team needed them most. With big plays at key moments, both Wambach and the Freedom saw some new life.
Sure, her target play was hit or miss and yes, she lost the ball a lot in the first half, but there is no doubt that her first goal gained a little momentum and her overall play contributed to Washington's first-ever WPS win.
Think back to one week or even to even a couple of weeks ago. If Cat Whitehill sends those perfect balls into the box and Wambach doesn't score, the Freedom faces an entirely different uphill battle. Luckily for the Freedom, it put away the open chances that it normally misses never faced the challenge of trying to overcome the struggle to finish.
Wambach is still not 100 percent but at least she believes in herself a little bit more after Sunday. Thank FCGP for the calls that led to Wambach's two goals and thank Lori Lindsey for getting a head on the cross that earned Wambach her first assist.
There are plenty of positives to take from this week for both Wambach and for the Washington Freedom. Now that the team has its first win and its superstar can find the back of the net, will the Freedom continue to rise or was this just one lucky week where they stumbled upon some finishes?
How do you feel about Abby Wambach's play this season? What are your thoughts on how both she and the Washington Freedom played this weekend? Agree or disagree with her as the WPS Player of the Week?
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