The camera panned three greats of today's women's game as the 2012 Women's World Player of the Year award was announced. One woman looked down in disappointment, another smiled tamely, and a third looked relieved.
She had just been named the recipient of the last piece of personal silverware still eluding her. She strode to the podium and accepted the award from long-time U.S. teammate Hope Solo and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
And then, the iconic American national team star Abby Wambach announced that she had no speech prepared.
If you know Wambach's long history with the award - a history littered with disappointments - this is hardly a surprise. In fact, when the award was brought up in an interview in Hartford, Conn. last October, Wambach redirected the conversation to that other thing missing in her trophy cabinet: a Women's World Cup.
Wambach has had many great seasons - but until last year, she had never even been nominated. Marta, one of the unquestioned greats, had won...