It's obvious the U.S. Women's Team and their chances for a gold medal suffer without Wambach. The question is, how much?
Here's my take for espn.com on the situation.
I'd also add that I like the inclusion of Lauren Cheney. She has a lot of experience for a youngster, and she has in fact faced a Brazil team with Marta in the PanAmerican games final as a member of the U20 team versus a full-strength Brazil. The U.S. lost, but the experience no doubt toughened Cheney up. She has a wicked shot, controls the ball well, and has nice vision to make a pass.
The team is going to have to bounce back, though. There's a bit of break now before the players reunite on Monday. If they're moping around and worrying about what will happen, it doesn't bode well for the psyche of the squad before an important competition.