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Obama honors World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team

President Barack Obama stands with Abby Wambach, third left, and other members of the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team, at the White House in Washington, Oct. 27, 2015. Wambach, the leading scorer in international soccer history, announced today that she will retire after the team ends its tour in December. (Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

Back in July, the U.S. Women’s soccer team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in dominating fashion, setting TV ratings records and ultimately being feted with a ticker-tape parade in New York City’s Canyon of Heroes. On Tuesday, the team visited the White House to meet with President Obama, who was effusive with praise for the American champions. “This team taught all America’s children that playing like a girl means you’re a badass,” Obama said, triggering a round of applause. “Perhaps I shouldn’t have used that phrase. Playing like a girl means being the best.”

Obama went on to highlight the efforts of midfielder Carli Lloyd, who was named the World Cup MVP. Lloyd’s title, he noted, was changed to President of the United States on her Wikipedia page after the big win. “I guarantee Carli knows more about being president than some of the folks running,” said Obama, getting a dig in at the 15 GOP candidates seeking the White House.

After the tribute, Abby Wambach, the all-time international leading scorer among men and women, announced that she’s retiring at the end of the year. “After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I’ve decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end,” Wambach said. Her illustrious career spanned 15 years, during which time she appeared in 252 international games and scored 184 goals.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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