Football: Former US women's star Wambach arrested for drink driving

Retired US woman's football star Abby Wambach is seen in an undated booking photo released by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland, Oregon.
Retired US woman's football star Abby Wambach is seen in an undated booking photo released by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland, Oregon. PHOTO: REUTERS

OREGON (Reuters) - Retired US woman's soccer star Abby Wambach was arrested in Oregon on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, an incident for which the popular player apologised on Sunday on social media.

"I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me," Wambach said in a statement posted on social media.

Wambach, who helped the US women's team to the 2015 World Cup title and retired as the world's leading international goal-scorer, was arrested late Saturday night in Portland after police saw her run a red light in her 2014 Range Rover, according to a statement by Portland police.

She failed field sobriety tests and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants - alcohol. She was later released on her own recognizance.

"Wambach was polite and cooperative throughout the investigation," the police statement said.

In her statement, Wambach said she had been having dinner at a friend's home before she was pulled over.

She promised not to repeat her "horrible mistake" and apologised to friends, family, fans, "and those that look to follow a better example."

"Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself," she wrote. "I have let myself and others down."

On Sunday evening, CNBC reported that officials with the car company Mini, which debuted an ad featuring Wambach and other celebrities during the Super Bowl, are "re-evaluating" the company's relationship with her and pulling ads featuring Wambach.

Company officials could not immediately be reached to comment.

Wambach, 35, a former Olympic, professional and World Cup player, scored more goals in international competition than any other soccer player in history - male or female - before her October 2015 retirement. She scored 184 goals in 252 international matches.

Wambach, a vocal supporter of women's sports, led the US team in scoring in every world championship she played until the Women's World Cup in July 2015.

In that game, Wambach netted the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Nigeria in the final game of group play. The Americans defeated Japan 5-2 in the championship match, winning their first World Cup title in 16 years.

Having played in four women's World Cup tournaments, Wambach played in two Olympics, winning goal medals in 2004 in Athens, and 2012 in London. She missed the 2008 Olympics with a broken leg.