USA GOAL MA­CHINE ABBY CALLS IT A DAY

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

US SOC­CER leg­end Abby Wam­bach is set to re­tire in De­cem­ber af­ter an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer that has spanned 15 years.

The 35-year-old has made 252 ap­pear­ances for her na­tional team and scored an incredible 184 goals, mak­ing her the world’s top goalscorer in in­ter­na­tional foot­ball – male or fe­male.

Wam­bach will play her fi­nal match on De­cem­ber 16 against China – the last game of the vic­tory tour for the re­cent World Cup win­ners.

In a state­ment made on Tues­day, Wam­bach said: “Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion and talk­ing with my friends, fam­ily, team-mates and our coach­ing staff, I’ve de­cided to fi­nally bring my soc­cer ca­reer to an end.

“While we still have more work to do for women’s soc­cer, af­ter bring­ing the World Cup back to the United States this sum­mer I’m feel­ing ex­tremely op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of our sport.”

Two other in­flu­en­tial US play­ers also called time on their in­ter­na­tional ca­reer last Sun­day, af­ter the 3-1 win over Brazil.

Mid­field­ers Lau­ren Hol­i­day, 28, and Lori Chalupny, 31, both played their last match and boast 239 caps be­tween them.

GOAL HUN­GRY: USA’s Abby Wam­bach is set to re­tire

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