Wambach is the fifth US women's soccer player to reach 100 career goals and holds the best goals-per-game ratio in American soccer.
In the wake of the United States' gold-medal women's soccer victory over Japan at the London Olympics, we take a closer look at standout Abby Wambach.
Wambach grew up in Rochester, NY and is the youngest of seven children. She began playing in youth soccer leagues at age four, where her budding talent was quickly noticed by her coaches. After scoring 27 goals in three games, Wambach was moved off the girls' team and onto an all-boys squad.
After an outstanding high school athletics career, Wambach received numerous accolades — including being named to Parade's high school All-American team.
At the University of Florida, Wambach helped lead the Gators to four consecutive SEC championships. She was also named an All-SEC player for four seasons and brought her team to the NCAA Final Four in 2001.
A star is born
In 2002, Wambach was picked second in the Women's United Soccer Association draft and joined the Washington Freedom. She and her teammate, Mia Hamm, became an unstoppable force on the field and played an instrumental role in the Freedom's Founder's Cup victory in 2003.
Most valuable player
Wambach's performance on the United States' Women's National Team earned her the honor of being named U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2003.
Headed towards victory
At the 2004 Olympic Games, Wambach's goal in extra time allowed Team USA to bring home the gold medal. For her on-field performances that year, she was named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
Can't stop, won't stop
After suffering several broken bones in a pre-Olympics match in 2008, Wambach took time away from the field to recover — but it didn't take long for the soccer star to get back onto the field to lead the US National Team to the FIFA Women's World Cup finals in 2011.
A-head of the class
Did you know that all four of Abby Wambach's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup goals were made using her head?