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USWNT legend Christie Pearce Rampone delays Hall of Fame induction

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Christie Pearce Rampone is deferring her National Soccer Hall of Fame induction until 2022.

The retired U.S. women’s national team defender announced her decision on Saturday night amid NWSL turmoil and abuse allegations. The North Carolina Courage fired Paul Riley on Thursday after former NWSL players accused him of sexual coercion and emotional abuse in a report by The Athletic. Lisa Baird resigned as NWSL commissioner on Friday amid the fallout.

“After digesting everything that has transpired over the last several days, I have made the heartfelt decision to defer my induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame until next year when we can all properly celebrate women’s soccer,” Rampone said.

Rampone was named to the Soccer Hall of Fame in June, with former teammate Abby Wambach notifying her of the honor.

The legendary defender earned 311 international caps, two World Cup titles and three Olympic gold medals during her 19-year tenure with the USWNT.