USWNT’s Abby Wambach Announces Retirement

Abby Wambach celebrates after the USWNT wins the 2015 World Cup. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

By MC Bousquette

On Tuesday, USWNT striker Abby Wambach announced her retirement. Wambach spent 15 years on the national team, amassing 184 goals – the international record amongst all players, male or female. She recorded 252 caps with the USWNT, and holds three gold medals: two from the Olympics, and one from the World Cup.

“After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I’ve decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end,” said Wambach. “While we still have more work to do for women’s soccer, after bringing the World Cup back to the United States this summer, I’m feeling extremely optimistic about the future of our sport. It’s been an amazing, wonderful ride and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life brings.”

Below is one of her most legendary moments with the team, a goal that is widely considered the best in US Soccer history. Here is Wambach’s overtime equalizer against Brazil in the 2011 World Cup semifinal:



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