Wambach Stands Out in World Cup

The heartbreaking loss for the United States in the World Cup final doesn't discount the effort from forward Abby Wambach. The former Florida soccer player electrified the country with her clutch play, especially with her headers when the team needed it the most.

It looked like Wambach would be the hero yet again on Sunday. She used another header to score in the 104th minute, giving the United States a 2-1 advantage. The offense for Japan was stagnant for most of the day, recording just 14 shots compared to the USA's 27, so it looked like the Americans would secure to the World Cup final win.

The Wambach goal was nothing different from the entire tournament. Alex Morgan, who put the United States on the board with its first goal of the game, used a perfect cross to get the ball to Wambach, where she cashed in with another goal.

Wambach was especially tough to defend in the air. She became known for her ability to get to the ball in traffic and use her head to finish it off. She ranks third all-time in career goals for a United States player with 122. Of those, 50 of them have come with her head.

Wambach was a key member of the 1998 Florida women's soccer team that won the school a national championship. She won four SEC championships in her career and is a two-time winner of SEC Player of the Year.

Former Florida defender Heather Mitts also made the United States team.


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