Goal getter: A look back at Abby Wambach's career
Wambach's first goal
Abby Wambach celebrates after scoring a goal against Finland. It was her first goal as a member of Team USA during the women's soccer match at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. on April 27, 2002. The U.S. won 3-0.
Wambach at the 2003 World Cup
Abby Wambach (20) made her World Cup debut in 2003. She led the U.S. in scoring at the WWC with three goals, tallying one of the most important goals in U.S. history in the 1-0 win against Norway in the quarterfinal. The picture is taken moments before the goal as Wambach tracks the ball on Oct. 1, 2003 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Wambach dazzles in Athens
Wambach's first Olympics in Greece in 2004 was a historic one for her individually and for Team USA. Wambach (16) tallied four goals and one assist in the tournament. She became the first U.S. player to score four goals in an Olympic tournament. Wambach's most famous goal was an overtime game-winner in the Olympic Final against Brazil to earn the gold medal.
Wambach's incredible 2004 season
Not only did Wambach get a gold medal in 2004, but she also had one of the greatest years in U.S. Women’s National Team history. Wambach scored 31 goals in the last 30 matches of 2004. The 31-goal performance was the second highest total in a calendar year by a U.S. player. Wambach was also named the 2004 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
Wambach wins silver boot in 2007 WWC
In 2007, Wambach won the silver boot for scoring the second most goals in the tournament. She collected the award at Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium on Sept. 30, 2007 in Shanghai, China. The US fell short of earning a medal, but Wambach was able to bring some hardware stateside after she put six goals in the back of the net.
Setback for Wambach
Wambach broke her leg in Team USA's last International Friendly before heading to Bejing for the 2008 Olympic games. Wambach had to sit out the tournament as a result of the injury against Brazil at the Torero Stadium July 16, 2008 in San Diego, Calif.
Abby scores her 100th
Wambach bounced back from her leg injury in 2008 and was able score her 100th goal in just her second game back from injury. The goal was a game-winner and came in a 1-0 victory against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y.
Using her head in 2011 World Cup
Abby Wambach's most famous goal came in the 2011 World Cup. At the time, her goal against Brazil in the dying seconds of overtime time was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition (122nd minute). Her four goals in the tournament gave her 13 World Cup goals for her career, moving her past the great Michelle Akers into first on the all-time list of U.S. goal scorers for a World Cup. Team USA took second in the tournament, losing to Japan in penalty kicks in the World Cup final.
Wambach's return to the Olympics
After missing the 2008 Olympics, Wambach returned in London and immediately let her presence be known. Wambach set a U.S and Olympic record by socring in the first five matches of the 2012 Olympics.
Abby Wambach celebrates with the gold medal after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 9, 2012 in London.
League of her own
Setting the all-time record
Abby Wambach broke Mia Hamm's all-time international scoring record with four goals against Korea Republic on June 20, 2013. Those gave her 160 all-time goals