A pair of U.S. men's national team players appear to be using Abby Wambach's DUII as a reference point for a pair of past incidents involving the retired Wambach and her former U.S. women's national team teammate Hope Solo.
A pair of U.S. men's national team players appear to be using Abby Wambach's arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicants as a reference point for a pair of past incidents involving the retired Wambach and her former U.S. women's national team teammate Hope Solo.
In response to a Fox Soccer tweet regarding Wambach's DUII arrest in Portland, Oregon, early Sunday morning, Bedoya took aim with a slight evoking Wambach's stance on dual-national players on the U.S. teams.
While speaking on The Bill Simmons Podcast in December as her playing career wound down, Wambach said she'd fire Jurgen Klinsmann as a remedy for the men's national team. She elaborated, alluding to his use of "foreign guys" on the team as part of her reasoning.
"The way that he has changed and brought in these foreign guys, it’s just not something that I believe in," Wambach told Simmons.
A Colombian-American, Bedoya is among a number of U.S. players who were outspoken in response to the comments. Most notable was Norwegian-American Mix Diskerud, who implored Wambach to "think about who you try to disenfranchise." Bedoya's response to Wambach's DUII on Sunday was "must've been a foreign American player's fault......." before adding:
And if you can dish out criticism, like make xenophobic comments, than I'm sure you can take criticism also when you mess up.— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) April 3, 2016
Altidore, meanwhile, piggybacked on Bedoya by referencing last year's DUI arrest of Solo's husband, Jerramy Stevens, who was pulled over under the influence while driving the U.S. team van.
The comments come with the backdrop of the U.S. women's national team fighting for equal pay with that of their male counterparts.
Wambach issued the following statement after her arrest:
“Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend's house,” Wambach said. “Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated. I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.”