- NAME: Abby Wambach
- OCCUPATION: Soccer Player
- BIRTH DATE: June 02, 1980 (Age: 33)
- Did You Know?: Abby Wambach once scored 27 goals over three games in a girls' youth soccer league, prompting her transfer to the boys' division.
- EDUCATION: University of Florida
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Rochester, New York
- Full Name: Mary Abigail Wambach
- Nickname: Abby
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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American soccer player Abby Wambach led the U.S. women's team to two Olympic gold medals and was named the 2012 FIFA Player of the Year.
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She finished second among all players in the competition with six goals, helping the United States exact revenge on Japan for the gold medal.
Wambach earned what seemed to be long-overdue recognition when she was named the 2012 FIFA Women's Player of the Year. She scored her 159th goal in international play to break Hamm's record the following June, leaving her in need of only a World Cup championship to cap her impressive list of career accomplishments.
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