Mary Abigail Wambach grew up in Rochester, N.Y., the youngest of seven children and excelled at soccer from the beginning, scoring 27 goals in her first three games at the age of five, necessitating a switch to competing against boys.
~Wambach retires having played in four Women’s World Cup tournaments, capping her career as a member of the 2015 Women’s World Cup champions.
~She played in two Olympic Games, winning goal medals in 2004 in Athens, Greece, and 2012 in London. She missed the 2008 Olympics with a broken leg.
~Wambach finishes as the USA’s all-time leading scorer in both World Cup and Olympic competition.
She played 25 World Cup matches, second all-time in U.S. history, and scored 14 World Cup goals, currently second only to Brazilian great Marta.
~Wambach played 10 Olympic matches and scored nine goals.
Wambach was the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year more than any other player, winning the award six times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013).
~She was the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and is the only American to win that honor besides Mia Hamm (2001 & 2002). She finished third in the voting in both 2011 and 2014.
~The USA’s record when Wambach scored at least one goal currently stands at 116-2-8.
~She is also the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 45. She has 37 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
~In her career, Wambach scored just over 500 goals for her high school, college, professional club teams and the U.S. Women’s National Team youth and senior sides. She scored 142 goals in high school at Our Lady of Mercy, scored 96 for the University of Florida, 23 in the WUSA for the Washington Freedom, 30 in WPS for the Washington Freedom and magicJack and 14 in the NWSL for the Western New York Flash. She also scored ~10 times for the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team.