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Abby Wambach

Sport:  Soccer
Country:  United States

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Biography

Wambach was born in Rochester, New York. She is 1998 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School where she lettered in soccer and basketball. She was named the NSCAA Player of the Year and the Umbro Player of the Year in her senior year. Abby has been one of the best soccer players on the field since she was four years old. In Rochester NY, the first youth team that she played with, she didn’t stay on the girl’s team for that long. “She was transferred from the girl’s team to the boy’s team after scoring 27 goals in three games.” This changed to the boy’s team was not a very big jump for Wambach. She spent her time at home getting picked on by her 4 older brothers and 3 older sisters. [1] She is the daughter of Pete and Judy Wambach and sister of Andy, Beth, Laura, Matthew, Patrick, and Peter. [2] [edit] College career Wambach played soccer for the University of Florida Gators. She earned accolades in college, taking the NSCAA first team all-American, NCAA National Championship, and freshman All-American Awards (all in 1999). She is the University of Florida's all-time leading scorer. When Abby moved out of Rochester to play for the University of Florida in Gainesville FL, she brought record-breaking numbers with her. She was named to the All-SEC team for all four seasons, w0as Conference player of the year two times. In addition to taking the Gators to the Final Four her senior year she broke many records on the way. “She set the records for assist with 49, points with 241, game-winning goals with 24, and hat tricks with 10.” [3]But one of the most outstanding achievements is that she scored a record breaking 96 goals on a division one team. [4] [edit] Professional and international career In 2002, Abby Wambach was the second overall draft pick in the WUSA. She went on to play for the Washington Freedom rather than completing her degree at Florida. Her contributions in Washington, playing alongside Mia Hamm, helped to propel the Freedom to a victory in Founders Cup III (the WUSA championship match), where Wambach was the game MVP. She was also the recipient of a number of other soccer-related awards during her WUSA career. Wambach's WUSA credentials earned her a spot in the US Women's National Team's (US WNT) training camp. Initially thought to be a bubble player, she was named to the 2003 World Cup team. She scored a goal against arch-rival Norway, helping the US team to a position in the semifinals and a bronze medal. After the suspension of the WUSA, Wambach trained with the US Women's National Team for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Her header in extra time against Brazil gave the US team a 2-1 victory and the gold medal. She finished the year with 31 goals and 13 assists, a one-year performance ranking with the best years of Michelle Akers and Mia Hamm. She finished fourth in the voting for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. In 2004, she joined previous teammate and captain, Julie Foudy, in an effort to get John Kerry elected to the Presidency of the United States. She also participated in exhibition games with the Freedom to raise awareness and garner support for women's soccer in hopes of reviving the league. Since the Athens Olympiad, Wambach has been a major contributor to the US WNT, playing in the 2005 Algarve Cup and a number of exhibition games. The team ended the 2005 season without allowing a single goal. At the end of 2006, Wambach had 66 goals in 84 international matches, scoring more goals in fewer games than any player since Michelle Akers. She was one of twenty players nominated for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year for 2006, though she was not named one of the three finalists. The goal she scored against Germany on October 29, 2009 moved her past Tiffeny Milbrett for fourth place on the all-time United States goal scoring list. In the 2007 Women's World Cup, Wambach scored six goals in six matches, despite receiving 11 stitches to her head after a collision with Ri Kum-Suk,[5] a North Korean player, in the first game. In the quarterfinal match against England on September 22, 2007, she became the twentieth American woman, and thirtieth American soccer player overall, to reach the 100 cap plateau. Wambach was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team on June 23, 2008.[6] In the final match before the Olympics on July 16, she broke her left leg in a collision with Brazilian defender Andréia Rosa,[7] preventing her from playing in the Beijing Olympics. Wambach was the team's leading scorer and had just reached 99 goals, one shy of becoming the fifth U.S. player and ninth female player in world history to notch 100 career international goals.[8] In the Women's Professional Soccer allocation draft for the 2009 season, Wambach was assigned back to the Washington Freedom.[9] She was voted WPS Player of the Week for the week of April 26 (Week 5) after scoring two goals in the Washington Freedom's 4-3 victory over the FC Gold Pride,[10] the Freedom's first victory in the new league. On May 3, 2009, in the Freedom's next game, she received a yellow card for a tackle on St. Louis Athletica midfielder Daniela that left Daniela with two damaged knee ligaments and a crack in the tibia and sidelined her for the rest of the season.[11] Wambach was suspended for one game after the challenge was reviewed by the WPS commissioner.[12] She won the WPS player of the week for the week of July 28 (Week 18) for scoring two goals against the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC [13] and for the week of Aug 11 (Week 20) for scoring two goals and having one assist against the Sky Blue[14] She ended the 2009 season with 8 goals—more than any other American player in the WPS.[15] As of March 3, 2010, Abby Wambach's international career totals stood at 104 goals in 135 international matches. Her 100th goal was scored in a friendly against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, NY on July 19, 2009. She reached 100 goals in fewer games than any of the four other players who had previously reached 100 goals: (Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers and Tiffany Milbrett).

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