Abby Wambach: Soccer Star

July 17, 2008

Meet Abby Wambach, a forward for the United States Women’s Soccer Team. See photos, video and a biography of Abby here.

The U.S. women’s soccer team’s hope for a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics were dashed last night, after star forward Abby Wambach broke her left leg during an exhibition match against Brazil.

She broke the tibia and the fibula in her leg and will have surgery today to have a titanium rod put in. She will be out of commission for three months.

The U.S. team will certainly miss Wambach, who is their leading scorer with 99 career goals and is known worldwide as a top notch forward.

Wambach said:

“Obviously, it’s devastating, but above everything else, I’m only one player, and you can never win a championship with just one player,” Wambach said in a statement. “I have the utmost confidence in this team bringing home the gold.”

As a biography, Abby Wambach was born on June 2, 1980 in Rochester, New York. She stands 5 feet 11 inches and is 28 years old.

She attended Our Lady of Mercy High School where she played basketball and soccer. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Florida where she is the school’s all time leading scorer.

In 2002, Wambach became the second overall draft pick in the WUSA. She played for the Washington Freedom and held off on finishing her schooling at the University of Florida.

Recognized for her skills, she became a part of the United States Women’s National Team in 2003 and hasn’t looked back. Speedy recovery Abby! You can see more of Wambach over on her website.

Click below for more photos and video of Abby Wambach!

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