Speaking on a Bill Simmons podcast
that was published on Wednesday, retiring U.S. national team star Abby Wambach
national team Jurgen Klinsmann
should be fired. She also said she wasn't into "this experiment that U.S. Soccer has given Jurgen," bringing "in a bunch of these foreign guys" and criticized
gender pay gap differences.
"I would definitely fire Jurgen, sorry [U.S. Soccer president] Sunil [Gulati
], sorry U.S. Soccer," Wambach said, "but I don't think Jurgen and this
litmus test on him has worked. He hasn't really focused I feel enough attention on the youth programs. Although he says he has I don't think that he has. The way that he has brought in a bunch of
these foreign guys is not something I believe in wholeheartedly. I don't believe in it I don't believe in it in my heart.
"And I love Jermaine Jones
. I love watching him play. And
I love Fabian Johnson
, and he plays in Germany and is actually killing it right now after being sent home for 'faking an injury.' But I just think that this experiment that U.S. Soccer has
given Jurgen isn't one that personally I'm into. It's gotta be interesting for those guys to see their coach take off in a helicopter and fly home to his home and then back to training. It seems to me
there are too many egos in our men's program right now and the bigger ego of all of them is the one who is leading the charge."
She also talked about inequalities in sports.
"Ever since I announced my retirement," Wambach said, "I have been able to have cool conversations and pick people's brains to figure out why there is such a disparity not just in my sport but in
other sports and other industries. There is there innate thing that women are less than that women don't deserve to be treated fairly.
"I think that our society is pushing toward a place
where we really start to look to each other as people and not put each other in these boxes. This equality thing is in all. I feel the men get paid way more than the women in soccer, yeah, I
understand logically the argument about the ratings and that is more global. But that doesn't mean that it makes it right. Equality isn't something that actually costs anything. I know we are talking
about gender pay gap differences. But to treat someone fairly doesn't cost a single cent. It wouldn't cost anything it would be just a decision. When you are in it you don't want to fight too much
against it because you want to be thankful for what you are getting."