Known for scoring goals with diving headers, a technique she began honing as a youth in her hometown of Rochester, New York, one of her most notable header goals occurred in the 122nd minute of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil.Wambach scored the equalizer in stoppage time helping the Americans to eventually progress to the championship final against Japan after defeating Brazil in penalty kicks.Her last game was played on December 16 in New Orleans when the United States played its last match of its 10-game Victory Tour following its win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.She began playing soccer at the age of four after her sister decided she wanted to try the sport."Growing up as the youngest of seven was like being in a team environment, you learn all kinds of things ...I learned how to compete, my brothers and sisters always played with me on the same level and they never let me win until I was better than them and deserved it. You might have a certain skill or talent but there is always someone who is better at something than you.""She was as competitive as you can get.Their mother checked out a book from the library explaining how to play the game, and from then on soccer became part of their family tradition.
After Hamm's return, the team finished the remainder of the season 9–1–2, finishing third with a berth into the playoffs.She played college soccer for the Florida Gators women's soccer team and helped the team win its first NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.She played at the professional level for Washington Freedom, magic Jack, and the Western New York Flash.Wambach competed in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments: 2003 in the United States, 2007 in China, 2011 in Germany, and 2015 in Canada, being champion of the last edition; and two Olympics tournaments: 2004 in Athens and 2012 in London, winning the gold medal on both.All together, she played in 29 matches and scored 22 goals at these five international tournaments.
Mary Abigail Wambach (born June 2, 1980) is an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. As a forward, she currently stands as the highest all-time goal scorer for the national team and holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer players with 184 goals.