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December 17, 2015 06:00 PM

Abby Wambach ended her storied career in soccer on Wednesday night after taking the field with the United States Women’s National Team for the 255th time, according to Fox Sports.

The 35-year-old, who helped lead the U.S. to victory at the Women’s World Cup earlier this year, was honored in a special pregame ceremony before the match against China in New Orleans.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist stood on the field while fans in the crowd cheered and held signs as an announcer read off a list of her sparkling accomplishments.

Wambach was gifted flowers and her family walked onto the field to honor her, before the match kicked off.

The athlete exited the game – which the U.S. ultimately lost, 1-0 – in its 72-minute. As she left the field for the final time, Wambach removed her cleats and hugged her teammates while the packed stadium rose to give her a standing ovation.

Abby Wambach
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Cheers of her name could be heard as she said goodbye to the game that many call her the best ever at. Wambach is, in fact, the all-time leading international goal-scorer in women s soccer history.

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Despite the loss – and her teammates’ valiant efforts to get her a final goal – Wambach told Fox Sports she felt at peace with her decision to retire.

“Today wasn’t about winning, today was about celebrating a long career, almost an end of an era,” she shared, “not just for me but for the next generation.”

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