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Abby Wambach’s career advice for Lynn Williams’ ‘untapped potential’

Lynn Williams heads the ball during Gotham FC's NWSL semifinal win against the Portland Thorns. (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

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Abby Wambach sees “untapped potential” in Lynn Williams.

On the latest episode of Just Women’s Sports‘ Snacks podcast, the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. women’s national team gave Williams had high praise and some friendly advice for Williams. Wambach called Williams, who plays forward for Gotham FC and the USWNT, “better soccer player than I ever was.”

Williams, who co-hosts “Snacks” with USWNT teammate Sam Mewis, has recently come into her own for the national team after spending years as one of the best players in the NWSL. She made her World Cup debut this summer.

“Lynn, watching you play and seeing how you’ve come on strong, personally speaking, I think that you have so much untapped potential, and the person that’s holding you back is you, like where you are in your head,” Wambach said, noting that she wants to see Williams let loose on the field.

“Like, I see you in your head out there, and I want to go onto the field or come into the locker room and just be like, ‘Go for it. Just go,’” Wambach continued. “You are such an incredible athlete. You are a better soccer player than I ever was. I was not very good at soccer. I was good at scoring goals. You’re a better soccer player, you’re more mindful.

“The way that you play, I just don’t want you to ever hold yourself back. I want you to surrender to the possibility that you could be the greatest soccer player on the planet.”

Hearing Wambach say that gave Williams “chills,” she said. The 30-year-old forward admitted that she does get into her own head at times, though she plays her best when she’s “not even thinking that much.”

“If you surrender to the possibility, regardless of if that ever happens or not, but if you could just surrender to that possibility, the world is your oyster,” Wambach said. “You go and then you create what you create. I believe in you and I believe in this team.”

Williams and Gotham FC will face OL Reign in the NWSL Championship match at 8 p.m. ET Saturday. The next USWNT camp is set for early December.