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10 Highlights of Abby Wambach's Soccer Career

10 Highlights of Abby Wambach's Soccer Career

The U.S. Women's National Soccer team defeated Columbia in a 2-0 win on Monday.

During the game, midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday received yellow cards and therefore will not be playing in Friday's World Cup quarterfinal against China.

Forward player Abby Wambach is making headlines after questioning whether or not Rapinoe and Holiday deserved the cards, and if their history influenced the referee's decision to give them out in the first place.

She is also making headlines for an announcement she made about her career on Sunday.  

Wambach announced that the 2015 World Cup would be her last.

Wambach has had quite the career as a professional soccer player. To celebrate her trailblazing career thus far, we gathered some of her best highlights below.

1.     In 1998, Wambach won the NCCA championship during her freshman season.

2.     In 2003, Wambach won the WUSA Founders Cup MVP.

3.     In 2004, she scored in the 112th minute of the Olympic gold-metal game against Brazil to win the game.  

4.     In 2009, the forward scored her 100th international goal on her home turf.

5.     In 2010, she got a bad head injury during collision in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico. She wanted to continue playing so she had the wound stapled on the field.

6.     In 2012, after winning Olympic gold with the U.S., she was honored as the FIFA World Player of the Year.

7.     She is the leading goal scorer in soccer history with 183 international goals.

8.     77 of her 183 international goals were scored using her head.

9.     She has scored 14 goals in her World Cup career.

10. Wambach wore the captain’s armband for both of the U.S. victories during a group stage in which she played 202 minutes, the most of any U.S. Women’s National Team forward.

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