2011: Scored nine goals for magicJack despite playing in just 11 games due to National Team commitments in helping her club to a playoff berth … Was named to the WPS Best XI … Took over as head coach of magicJack on July 21 following the Women’s World Cup and guided the team at the end of the season and in its two playoff matches … 2010: Started all 22 games she played for the Freedom, logging 1,979 minutes … Scored 13 goals (second in WPS) with eight assists (tied for second in WPS) and helped the Freedom to a playoff berth … Had five game-winning goals … Named to the WPS Best XI and was the top overall vote-getter for the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Allocated to the Washington Freedom for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played in 17 games for the Freedom, starting 16, and was the top American goal scorer in WPS with eight goals … Named to the WPS All-Star Team … 2003: Had a spectacular WUSA season, tying for the league lead in scoring with 33 points (13 goals, 7 assists) … Was named to the All-WUSA First Team as she led the Freedom to the WUSA title … Scored both of her team’s goals in the Founders Cup Championship Game, the winner in sudden death overtime, and was named the MVP of the match … Also won the 2003 WUSA Goal of the Year for a spectacular diving header … 2002: Was the second player taken in the 2002 WUSA Draft by the Washington Freedom … Started 19 games for the Freedom, scoring 10 goals, and was named the WUSA Rookie of the Year … Was named All-WUSA Second Team and finished tied for fourth in the WUSA in scoring while helping the Freedom to the WUSA title game … Voted as a starter to the WUSA South All-Star Team and earned MVP honors with two goals and an assist in the South’s 6-1 win.
US Women’s National Team
Has the best goals-per-game ratio in U.S. history, having scored 152 goals in her 198 games through the end of 2012 … Of those 152 goals, 66 have come with her head … Through 2012, the USA is 97-2-7 all-time in games in which she scored … 2012: Named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … Was just the second American to win the honor (Mia Hamm, ‘01 and ‘02) … Set a U.S. and Olympic record by scoring in the first five matches of the Olympics … Down 2-0, her header goal against France sparked a comeback to the 4-2 victory and ignited the USA’s gold medal run … Started all six games at the Olympics ... Played all but 13 minutes … Had seven multiple goal games and scored in 20 of the USA’s 32 matches … The only player to start all 32 matches, she played 2,454 minutes – the most of any year in her career – and the most of any field player … Scored twice against Costa Rica in Rochester in the Fan Tribute opener … 2011: Earned U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall … Scored eight goals with four assists, including goals in the final four matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, all with her head … Only U.S. player to ever score in the final four – or even three – games of the WWC … Won the Silver Ball as the second best player at the WWC and the Bronze Boot as the third leading scorer in the tournament … Made both of her attempts in the two penalty kick shootouts at the WWC, the only U.S. player to do so … At the time, her goal against Brazil in the dying seconds of overtime time was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition (122’) … Her four goals in the tournament gave her 13 WWC goals for her career, moving her past Michelle Akers into first on the all-time list of U.S. goal scorers … Named the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year and the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, the first soccer player – man or woman – ever to receive the award … 2010: Started in all 18 games ... Scored 16 goals with four assists to lead the team … Had six multiple goal games … Started all five games at the WWC Qualifying tournament, leading the team in scoring with eight goals … 2009: Played every minute of all four matches she played for the USA, returning to the WNT from a broken leg on May 25 against Canada … Scored her 100th career goal in dramatic fashion during a 1-0 victory against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., on July 19 … Became the fifth player in U.S. history and ninth player in world history to score 100 career international goals … 2008: Season was cut short by a broken leg on July 16 against Brazil in the last match before the Olympics … Before that, she had played in 22 games, starting 21, and was the USA’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 10 assists … Scored several key goals for the USA, including the game-winner against Mexico in Olympic Qualifying … 2007: Named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the third time … Led the USA in scoring with 20 goals … Became the first player to score 20 or more goals in a year twice in her career … Became the 20th U.S. player to hit 100 caps, earning her century against England in the WWC quarterfinal win … Scored six goals in the WWC to lead the USA and won the Silver Shoe … Also had five assists … 2006: Led the USA in scoring with 17 goals and eight assists … At the Four Nations, scored against Norway in the first match for her 50th career goal … Scored 50 career goals in 64 games, the second-quickest to 50 goals in U.S. history behind Akers … 2005: Played in eight games, starting them all ... Scored four goals with five assists … 2004: Named the 2004 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Started all five matches she played at the Olympics and scored four goals with one assist … Became the first U.S. player to score four goals in an Olympic tournament, helping the USA to the gold medal ... Scored the dramatic overtime game-winner in the Olympic Final against Brazil … Her 31 goals and 13 assists mark just the seventh time a U.S. players recorded double figures in goals and assists in a calendar year (all four of those years came from Hamm) … Tied a U.S. record for goals in a game on Oct. 23, scoring all five of the USA’s goals in the second half in a 5-0 win against Ireland … 2003: Ended the year having played 14 matches, starting nine, including five WWC matches … Led the USA in scoring at the WWC with three goals … 2002: Earned seven of her eight career caps to date, starting four matches, while scoring five goals … Had a hat trick against Scotland on Sept. 8 … Was a member of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Team that qualified the USA for the 2003 WWC, scoring against Panama in her only appearance of the tournament … First Appearance: Sept. 9, 2001, vs. Germany ... First Goal: April 27, 2002, vs. Finland
Wambach attended the University of Florida … 2001: Scored 31 goals with 13 assists in 24 matches to help Florida to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 … Was the SEC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, making her the first player in league history to win player of the year or tournament MVP honors in consecutive seasons … Was a First-Team All-SEC selection for the fourth consecutive season … Was Florida’s leading scorer with 31 goals, 13 assists and 75 points … Owns UF’s career records for goals (96), assists (49), points (241), game-winning goals (24) and hat-tricks (10) … Led the NCAA Division I in points per game (3.26) and goals per game (1.34) … Finished her NCAA career sixth all-time in both points (241) and goals (96) … Had 10 multiple-goal matches … Set a UF record with at least one goal in 10 consecutive matches (tied for third best in NCAA history) … Named a finalist for the 2001 Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards … 2000: Led the Gators with 23 goals and eight assists for 54 points in 2000 … Finished third in the final balloting for the 2000 Hermann Trophy … Her season goal total of 23 was tied for fourth in the nation … 1999: Started 22 matches and was named a First-Team NSCAA All-America selection … Scored 23 goals with 16 assists for 62 points, which each ranked in the nation’s top five for season totals … Set a school record for assists in a season with 16 … Led the SEC in total points and assists and was second in total goals … Had seven multi-goal matches, including a collegiate-high four goals against LSU and a hat-trick against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinal … 1998: Started all 26 games she played in, helping the Gators win the NCAA championship … Second on the team in goals (19), assists (12), and points (50) … Was a Soccer America Freshman All-America selection … Scored five or more points in a match on four occasions … Scored both goals in the Gators’ SEC Tournament final victory against Vanderbilt.
Full name is Mary Abigail Wambach … Was a four-year varsity starter for her high school basketball team, earning All-Greater Rochester honors twice ... Is the youngest of seven children, four boys and three girls … Parents came to all but four of her college games … Loves her coffee and newspapers in the morning … Loves listening to music, surfing, playing video games and playing with the kids of the USA’s Soccer Moms … Won three cars in her career as MVP of the WUSA Founders Cup in 2003 and for twice being named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Has an English bulldog named Kingston who can ride a skateboard … Burrito bowls are her favorite thing to eat … Likes mountain biking and being outdoors … After she finishes her soccer career, she would like to hike the Appalachian Trail … Sister Laura played soccer at Xavier … Sister Beth played basketball at Harvard.
Discussing Soccer with Mia Hamm
by Tom Blanton
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with retired United States women’s national soccer superstar Mia Hamm to discuss the current state of the sport in America, this summer’s World Cup and her experiences as a prolific goal-scorer...
U.S. WNT will Face Mexico on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
by US Soccer
The U.S. Women's National Team will face Mexico on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., in the team's first game after the NWSL championship. The U.S. Women’s National Team will return to action on Sept...
Abby Wambach Named NWSL Player of the Week
by Kim Tate
Scoring two goals in their 2-1 victory over FC Kansas City, Western New York Flash striker Abby Wambach was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 5 of the 2013 NWSL season...