Wambach, Abby (Mary Abigail Wambach)wäm´bäk [key], 1980–, American soccer player, b. Rochester, N.Y. A forward, she was the all-time leading scorer for the Univ. of Florida Gators (1998–2001). Known for her diving headers, Wambach subsequently played for the Washington Freedom (2002–3, 2009–10), the Boca Raton majicJack (2011, as player-coach), and Western New York Flash (2013–15) as a professional and for the U.S. national team (2001–15), which won gold at the 2004 and 2012 Olympic games as well as the 2015 Women's World Cup. She retired in 2015 as the all-time leading scorer for the United States in both World Cup and Olympic competition, and was FIFA world player of the year in 2012. Subsequently she has worked as a sportscaster.
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