Retirement has had its ups and downs for Abby Wambach since she hung up her cleats and asked fans to forget her last year.
There have been speaking engagements, an Abby Wambach Barbie, dustups with MNT players over unfortunate remarks about "foreign players," and a DUI which created even more animosity with MNT players.
Now she's signed on as an analyst for ESPN, joining former teammate Julie Foudy, who has been a steady long-time presence at the network as a contributor and color commentator on women's soccer games, including the 2011 World Cup. It's unknown if Wambach and Foudy will partner up again to commentate games (one suspects that might actually be a disaster - a fun disaster of jokes and insider info, but a disaster nevertheless).
According to SI, Wambach is supposed to be a presence across the entire network, covering not just soccer, but working on shows like "Outside the Lines."
Wambach will also produce a podcast called "Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach." Her first episode? That "foreign guys" gaffe, which is going to be interesting regardless of whether she misspoke or was actually being cluelessly xenophobic or some mindset somewhere in between.