Abby Wambach Caps Off Her Historic Soccer Career with a Very Sweet World Cup Victory
The veteran soccer star won her first Women's World Cup with the U.S. team on Sunday
Abby Wambach has scored more international goals than any other player of any gender in soccer history and she’s been named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. The only thing missing from her impressive resumé was a Women’s World Cup title. Goal (quite literally) achieved.
Wambach, who’s played in four World Cup tournaments during her storied career, celebrated the U.S. Women’s National Team’s impressive defeat of Japan 5-2 by sharing a sweet sideline kiss with her wife Sarah Huffman.
The couple, who have been married since 2013, embraced over the stands as the packed crowd cheered.
Lloyd, Women’s World Cup champion USWNT could not be stopped
Wambach, 35, came on as a sub in the 79th minute after the sold-out stadium began to chant her name. The big win in Vancouver was aided by Carli Lloyd, who scored an impressive hat trick within the match’s first 16 minutes.
The victory was the first title for the U.S. since 1999 and the third total, setting the record for most World Cup championships for a single country.
The tournament is expected to be Wambach’s final World Cup. The soccer star, who’s played for the U.S. national soccer team since 2001, was named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2012, becoming the first American woman to win the award in 10 years.
Wambach, who’s been called the “soul” of the women’s team, is also a six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award. In the last Women’s World Cup, Wambach made her most iconic header goal in the 122nd minute of the 2011 quarterfinals against Brazil, winning her ESPY’s Best Play of the Year.