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Abby Wambach has been known to describe herself as a “goofball,” but she leaves that laid-back side of her personality on the sidelines come game time. In her career, she has established herself as the most formidable offensive player on the U.S. Women’s National Team, dominant in the air and all but unstoppable on the ground.
After playing soccer and basketball in high school, Abby focused on soccer at the University of Florida. She was named All-SEC for four straight seasons, conference Player of the Year twice, and a First-Team NSCAA All-American, in addition to leading the Gators to the NCAA Final Four in her senior season. She set school career records for goals (96), assists (49), points (241), game-winning goals (24), and hat tricks (10).
In 2002, she was the second player taken in the WUSA draft and became Mia
Hamm’s teammate on the Washington Freedom. With Mia as mentor, Abby polished her physical skills and sharpened her ability to read the game. Just as importantly, she learned how to stay focused on the game while being targeted by opponents for whom the only way to stop her was to knock her down, as well as to constantly strive to improve.