Abby Wambach: Goals, Records, & Career Highlights


Abby Wambach: As performed by her teammates | @TheBuzzer | FOX SOCCERAlex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and the USWNT perform their best Abby Wambach impressions. SUBSCRIBE to get the latest FOX Soccer content: foxs.pt/SubscribeFOXSOCCER ►Top 50 FIFA Women's World Cup™ Moments: foxs.pt/Top50WomensWorldCupMoments ►Bundesliga Highlights & Features 2018-19: foxs.pt/FOXSOCCERBundesliga1819 About FOX Soccer: With exclusive highlights, original programming, and behind the scenes footage, FOX Soccer’s YouTube channel…2015-06-30T01:43:16Z

Let’s face it: there will never be another Abby Wambach. Tonight USWNT closes an incredible chapter in it’s history, when Wambach retires after the final match of her team’s 10-match victory tour tonight in New Orleans. Wambach’s determination and passion have been unmatched during her 14-year international career.

USWNT has a bright future, but Wambach is an important part of our nation’s soccer history. When she retires tonight, she will do so as the most prolific goalscorer in international soccer. Here are some major achievements and USWNT records from her career:

186 Goals – more international goals than any man or woman

2012 FIFA World Player of the Year

In 2015, she was one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People”

Her header against Brazil in 2011 was the latest goal ever scored in a World Cup

Most goals in one game – 5 (tied with five others)

Most Yellow Cards (27)

44 Multi-Goal Games

Here’s a look back at Wambach’s best moments with Team USA:



100 Firsts: U.S. WNT Forward Abby WambachU.S. Women's National Team forward Abby Wambach discusses her first cap with the U.S. Women's National Team and remembers her first goal for the USA. Wambach debuted for the USA in 2001 and has gone on to become the all-time leading goal scorer in world soccer, passing former teammate Mia Hamm. More info: ussoccer.com Subscribe…2013-09-04T13:33:30Z

“Of the 18 minutes I was in the game, Mia (Hamm) was yelling at me for all of them.”

Those are Wambach’s words, reflecting on her first-ever appearance for USWNT. That was in 2001, when Wambach came on as a late substitute during a 4-1 victory over Germany. When she finally got the chance to start, she made it count. Wambach’s first goal came seven minutes into her first start, on a low blast in a friendly against Finland. USA went on to win 3-0, and Wambach went on to be a fixture in the starting lineup.



WNT vs. Canada: Highlights – July 19, 2009The U.S. Women's National Team continued its winning ways with a victory against rival Canada in Rochester, NY. Legendary forward Abby Wambach got her 100th goal for the USA in front of her hometown fans as the WNT won 1-0. More info: ussoccer.com Subscribe to U.S. Soccer on YouTube! youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ussoccerdotcom U.S. Soccer …on Facebook: facebook.com/ussoccer…2014-07-31T19:56:50Z

One of Wambach’s most memorable goals happened in her hometown. Sitting at 99 career international goals, Wambach and USWNT were in Rochester, New York, for a 2009 friendly with Canada. Wambach had several chances in the game, but it took until the 79th minute for her to finally net the milestone. With her family and friends in the crowd, Wambach was swarmed by her USA teammates and bench. Fast forward to 3:40 for the goal, and then zip ahead to the six-minute mark to hear from Wambach herself.



#ChasingAbby: Wambach Sets Record with Goal #159WNT vs. Korea Republic: Abby Wambach Third Goal – June 20, 2013 Abby Wambach becomes the all-time leading international goal-scorer with her 159th goal for the USA. She passes the great Mia Hamm with this trademark header from a Megan Rapinoe cross at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. More info: ussoccer.com Subscribe to U.S.…2013-06-21T02:32:25Z

Wambach, the ultimate competitor, probably wouldn’t consider this one of her top goals. In a 2013 friendly against South Korea, Wambach passed Mia Hamm with her 159th international goal. It’s not only an American record, not only a women’s record, but it’s the most international goals from any person in history.



THE WINNER: Greatest Women's World Cup Goal – WAMBACH in 2011Users have voted Abby Wambach's memorable equaliser at the death for the USA against Brazil at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 as the best goal in the history of the Women's World Cup. WATCH 15 goals for 2015: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCGIzmTE4d0hbNcY5Joa6RkaT1dqQqupB FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ – OFFICIAL TV Opening: youtube.com/watch?v=v_Uaxqqy6WU More videos about…2015-05-11T14:46:12Z

You can’t put together a list of Wambach moments without this one. Voted as the greatest goal in Women’s World Cup history, Wambach rescued Team USA with a stunning late header from Megan Rapinoe. The goal forced a 2-2 tie against Brazil, and they went on to win the quarterfinal match in penalty kicks. The goal is the epitome of everything soccer fans love about Wambach: scoring goals, coming through in the clutch, and never giving up until the final whistle. Wambach’s hustle put her in position in the final minute, and she scored the latest goal ever scored in a World Cup match.



Abby Wambach on World Cup win: ‘This isn’t real life’Abby Wambach reacts to winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup on her third try. SUBSCRIBE to get the latest FOX Soccer content: foxs.pt/SubscribeFOXSOCCER ►Top 50 FIFA Women's World Cup™ Moments: foxs.pt/Top50WomensWorldCupMoments ►Bundesliga Highlights & Features 2018-19: foxs.pt/FOXSOCCERBundesliga1819 About FOX Soccer: With exclusive highlights, original programming, and behind the scenes footage, FOX Soccer’s YouTube channel provides…2015-07-06T02:32:50Z

Even with all the goals, one thing eluded Wambach: a World Cup medal. Wambach played sparingly during the 2015 Cup run, but was a key player on the sideline and in the huddle. She came on in the second half of the final against Japan, and was given the captain’s armband from Carli Lloyd. Despite all the doubts and criticisms, USWNT battled early struggles and claimed their first WWC title since 1999.



100 Abby GoalsTo help celebrate 100 years of U.S. Soccer and Abby Wambach breaking the all-time international goal scoring record, ussoccer.com has compiled 100 of Abby Wambach's goals for the U.S. WNT. Due to rights issues, we could not include her goals from World Cups (13) or the Olympic Games (9). More info: ussoccer.com Subscribe to U.S.…2013-09-03T17:08:04Z

If you still can’t get enough Wambach, here’s ten minutes of USA goals courtesy of number 20.

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