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Abby Wambach's AMAZING Last Second Goal vs. Brazil

Abby Wambach

Height: 5-11
Club: Western New York Flash
Twitter: @AbbyWambach
Date of Birth: June 2, 1980
Place of Birth: Rochester, N.Y.
Position: Forward
Abby Wambach, on track to break Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record, has grown from a gritty, physical target forward to the most prolific scorer in U.S. history.

The Rochester, N.Y. native was a three-time All-American at the University of Florida where she won the 1998 national championship. She got her first call up to the USWNT in 2001, but solidified her place up top in 2003 when she scored three goals at the Women’s World Cup. After Mia Hamm retired in 2003, Wambach asserted herself as the team’s top scorer, adding flair and creativity to her growing arsenal of talents.

Wambach’s breakout year came in 2004 when she had 31 goals and 13 assists, including four at the 2004 Olympic Games. The striker scored three goals at the 2007 World Cup, but suffered a broken leg in mid-2008, sidelining her for the 2008 Olympic Games. Wambach solidified her legendary status at the 2011 Women’s World Cup where she scored four goals, including her now-famous last-gasp header against Brazil in the quarterfinals.

On a professional level, Wambach was the second pick of the 2002 WUSA draft, where she was taken by the Washington Freedom. She played the 2002 and 2003 season with the Freedom, scoring 23 goals. When the WPS launched in 2009, Wambach was allocated to the Washington Freedom, with whom she played in 2009 and 2010. She stayed with the franchise when new owner Dan Borislow relocated the team to Boca Raton, Fla and re-named the team magicJack. Wambach now calls the Western New York Flash of the NWSL home.

A five-time U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, Wambach will be 35 for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, but she shows no signs of slowing down.—MAURA GLADYS

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