Wam­bach an­nounces retirement

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Women’s foot­ball’s all-time in­ter­na­tional lead­ing goal scorer, United States striker Abby Wam­bach, will re­tire at the end of a World Cup vic­tory tour in De­cem­ber.

The 35-year-old has 184 goals in 252 matches in an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer span­ning 15 years.

She was in the 2015 World Cup win­ning squad and won two Olympic gold medals.

“It’s been an amaz­ing, won­der­ful ride and I can’t wait to see what the next chap­ter of my life brings,” she said.

Wam­bach was the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and is also a six-time US Soc­cer Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year win­ner.

She will be with the US team for all four of its De­cem­ber matches, but her fi­nal game will come on 16 De­cem­ber against China in New Or­leans as the last match of the 10game tour.

“Abby is a player who has tran­scended our sport and her legacy as one of the world's great­est play­ers is set for­ever,” said US head coach Jill El­lis.

“What she has done for women’s soc­cer and women's sports over­all with her amaz­ing tal­ents on the field and her per­son­al­ity off it has been in­spir­ing to watch.

“I am just ex­tremely happy that she could end her ca­reer with that elu­sive World Cup ti­tle and go out on top, right where she de­serves to be.”

In her ca­reer, Wam­bach scored just over 500 goals for her high school, col­lege, pro­fes­sional club teams and the United States youth and se­nior in­ter­na­tional sides.

Abby Wam­bach

Jerome Cham­pagne

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