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Abby Wambach

Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach (born June 2, 1980) is an American female professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. A four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, she has been a regular on the U.S. women's national team since 2003, and is the highest scorer for the U.S. national team with over 120 goals in international play.

On May 9, 2011, the U.S. roster for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup tournament in Germany was announced, including Wambach. The 2011 Women's World Cup tournament is the third in which she has played. After playing without scoring a goal in the USA's first two group stage matches against North Korea and Colombia, Wambach opened her tournament scoring in a 2-1 loss to Sweden in Team USA's final group stage match. Having lost to Sweden, the USA WNT finished second in their group and went on to face Group D first-place finishers Brazil. On July 10, 2011, during the USA Women's National team's quarterfinal game against Brazil, Wambach scored a 'header' goal in stoppage time after the 120th minute (120th+2 minute injury time) to equalize 2-2 against the Brazilians; Team USA went on to win the game on penalty kicks and advanced to the semi-finals. In all World Cup matches – men's or women's – her goal stands as the latest ever scored. Her last minute goal was awarded ESPN's 2011 ESPY Award for Best Play of the Year. Wambach scored her third goal for USA in Team USA's semi-final 3–1 win over France.

In the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final against underdogs Japan, Wambach's trademark 'header' goal, her fourth in the tournament, in the first half of extra-time made her the American FIFA Women's World Cup all-time scoring leader with 13 goals, second to Brazil's Marta and Germany's Birgit Prinz (14 all-time goals each). Team USA was forced to a penalty shootout after a late equalizer by Japan. In the PSO, Japan won 3-1, with Wambach converting the fourth and only penalty. Wambach's final goal tally for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was 4 goals and 1 assist, an effort that earned her the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Bronze Boot after Brazil's Marta (4 goals, 2 assists, Silver Boot) and Japan's Homare Sawa (5 goals, 1 assist, Golden Boot). Interestingly, all 4 of Wambach's goals in the tournament were scored using her head. For her efforts on and off the pitch towards the USA women's national team, Wambach was awarded the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Silver Ball to go alongside her Silver Medal and Bronze Boot.

Personal information
Full name : Mary Abigail Wambach
Date of birth : June 2, 1980
Place of birth : Rochester, New York, United States
Height :5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position : Forward
Club information
Current club : magicJack
Number: 20


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