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Soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUII overnight

Abby Wambach, courtesy Portland Police

PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) -- Retired soccer player Abby Wambach was arrested for a DUII late Saturday night in downtown Portland.

Portland Police say Wambach, 35, was pulled over at SW 14th Avenue and Yamhill Street after she ran a red light at SW 13th Avenue and Taylor Street.

Wambach failed field a sobriety test and was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) - Alcohol. She was taken to the police bureau's central precinct, where she failed a breath test. She was later released on her own recognizance.

"Wambach was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation," Portland Police said.

Wambach is the leading career scorer - male or female - in international soccer with 184 career goals. She retired in December after 15 years with the U.S. women's national team.

She did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Sunday morning from The Associated Press.

She posted the following message regarding the arrest on Facebook:

Wambach capped her career last summer with the sport's most prestigious championship when the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in Canada at the World Cup. It was the third World Cup title for the U.S. women, and first since 1999.

Wambach announced her retirement in October. Since she stepped away from the team, she has made several appearances in charity events and also campaigned for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She played her last match with the team in December, a 1-0 loss to China in New Orleans.

Wambach appeared in four World Cups with the national team. She also has a pair of Olympic gold medals from the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2012 Games in London. She did not compete in the Beijing Games because of a broken leg.

Wambach has also been active in fighting for equal rights for female athletes. She led a group of players in protesting FIFA's decision to play the 2015 World Cup on artificial turf, which is considered by many players to be inferior to grass.

Stay with KATU News as this story develops.


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