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10 Months in the Making, Abby Wambach is Just One Away From Magical 100-Goal Mark as U.S. Women Face Canada in Toronto


CHICAGO (May 25, 2009) – U.S. forward Abby Wambach is just one well-placed shot away from joining an exclusive club of players to have scored 100 career international goals. The small group of legendary players includes four Americans, lead by Mia Hamm with her world record 158 goals. Kristine Lilly (129), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100) also hit the century mark during their careers.

Wambach will get a chance for her 100th on Monday night, May 25, as she returns to the field against Canada in the USA’s first domestic match of the year. It will be Wambach’s first game for the USA since breaking her leg against Brazil on July 16, 2008, in the final match before the USA left for the Beijing Olympics. The USA-Canada clash will be played at BMO Field in Toronto and broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Wambach has scored her 99 goals in just 127 career caps, the best goals-to-games ratio in U.S. history. She averages a goal for about every 96 minutes she has played for the USA. At 5-foot-11, Wambach size and strength have been key assets as she has piled up the goals, but her speed and skills have also helped her score for the USA in a myriad of ways.

Wambach, 28, hails from Rochester, N.Y., where she was a high school All-American. She attended the University of Florida, where she scored 96 goals, but her ascension the U.S. National Team featured several setbacks. Wambach finished her college career in 2001 after having a breakout Nordic Cup tournament earlier that summer with the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team, and was drafted to the Washington Freedom of the WUSA. Over the next two years, despite numerous call-ups to National Teams camps, she failed to make game several rosters, but did show flashes of what was to come, scoring five goals in 2002 including her first-ever hat trick (against Scotland). A Wambach with a new dedication to fitness and professionalism had a spectacular 2003 WUSA season, tying for the league-lead in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists while leading the Freedom to the WUSA title, scoring both goals in the championship game, including a golden-goal winner in overtime.

Her performance in WUSA led to a place on the USA’s 2003 Women’s World Cup Team and she earned a starting spot for the tournament. She scored three goals, including the winning goal against Norway in the quarterfinal match, and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. Her international career was off and running.

In 2004, she had one of the greatest scoring years in U.S. history, pounding in 31 goals, the second-highest yearly ever for a U.S. player, and scored four times in the Olympic Games. She led the USA in scoring at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, finding the net six times to earn the Silver Shoe as the tournament’s second leading scorer, and scored 20 times on the year, becoming the first player to score 20 or more goals in a calendar year twice in her U.S. National Team career.

Prior to missing the 2008 Olympics, Wambach led the USA in scoring during the last three world championship events, but while her scoring has certainly distinguished her on the international stage, her ability to create goals must not go overlooked. She has 44 career assists, which puts her seventh in U.S. history.

The U.S. team has lost just one match in which Wambach has scored, that coming at the very end of 2004 in a 3-1 setback to Denmark on the Fan Celebration Tour following the USA’ gold medal run in Athens, Greece. The U.S. team is 65-1-2 in games that Wambach tallies. Just four of her goals have come off penalty kicks, she has scored in 45 different stadiums and of her 99 goals, 41 have come with her head, an amazing 41% of her total goals.

Wambach has scored against 26 different countries (the most goals against Mexico with 18), and three goals have come against Canada. Interestingly, she has scored 21 goals in the final 15 minutes, plus stoppage time of matches. She is also lethal on either side of halftime, scoring 43 goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half and the first 15 of the second half.

BREAKDOWN BY COUNTRY

Mexico 18 Sweden 5 Costa Rica 2 Greece 1
Ireland 9 China PR 4 Finland 2 Haiti 1
Norway 9 Denmark 4 Italy 2 Nigeria 1
Japan 6 Canada 3 Jamaica 2 Panama 1
Australia 5 Chinese Taipei 3 Korea DPR 2 Trinidad & Tobago 1
Brazil 5 New Zealand 3 England 1    
Iceland 5 Scotland 3 France 1    

WAMBACH'S STATISTICS BY YEAR:

Year GP/GS MIN G A Pts
2001 1/0 15 0 0 0
2002 7/4 355 5 4 14
2003 14/9 867 9 0 18
2004 33/26 2309 31 13 75
2005 8/8 659 4 5 13
2006 21/20 1848 17 8 42
2007 21/20 1717 20 4 44
2008 22/21 1770 13 10 36
Total 125/106 9540 99 44 242

WAMBACH'S GOAL BREAKDOWN

Single Goal Games 44 Five Goal Games 1 Scored in Countries 8
Two Goal Games 19 Scored in U.S. States 19 Goals Scored in USA 61
Hat Tricks 4 Goals as a Substitute 10 Goals Scored Abroad 38
Four Goal Games 0 Goals as a Starter 89    

WAMBACH'S GOAL BY MINUTE:

First 15 Minutes: 5
Minute 16-30: 18
Minute 31-45: 20
Minute 46-60: 23
Minute 61-75: 12
Minute 76-90: 19
Extra Time: 2

WAMBACH'S GOALS BY MONTH

Jan. 1 May 7 Sept. 18
Feb. 3 June 9 Oct. 18
March 14 July 6 Nov. 6
April 0 Aug. 7 Dec. 2

WAMBACH'S TOURNAMENT GOALS

Women's World Cup 9 Algarve Cup 12 Peace Queen Cup 3
Olympics 4 CONCACAF Qualifying 10 Four Nations 2

ABBY’S ROAD TO 100

Date Opponent Goal # Score Venue Appendage
04/27/02 Finland 1 3-0 W San Jose, Calif. Right Foot
09/08/02 Scotland 2, 3, 4 8-2 W Columbus, Ohio Head, Foot, Head
11/02/02 Panama 5 9-0 W Seattle, Wash. Foot
06/14/03 Ireland 6, 7 5-0 W Salt Lake City, Utah Foot, Head
09/01/03 Costa Rica 8 5-0 W Carson, Calif. Head
09/07/03 Mexico 9 5-0 W San Jose, Calif. Left Foot
09/25/09 Nigeria 10 5-0 W Philadelphia, Pa. Left Foot
09/28/03 Korea DPR 11 3-0 W Columbus, Ohio Penalty
10/01/03 Norway 12 1-0 W Foxborough, Mass. Head
11/02/03 Mexico 13, 14 3-1 W Dallas, Texas Head, Head
02/25/04 Trinidad & Tobago 15 7-0 W San Jose, Costa Rica Head
02/27/04 Haiti 16 8-0 W Heredia, Costa Rica Head
02/29/04 Mexico 17 2-0 W San Jose, Costa Rica Head
03/03/04 Costa Rica 18 4-0 W San Jose, Costa Rica Left Foot
03/05/04 Mexico 19 3-2 W Heredia, Costa Rica Right Foot
03/14/04 France 20 5-1 W Ferreiras, Portugal Head
03/20/04 Norway 21, 22, 23 4-1 W Faro, Portugal Head, Left Foot, Left Foot
04/24/04 Brazil 24, 25 5-1 W Birmingham, Ala. Head, Foot
06/06/04 Japan 26 1-1 T Louisville, Ky. Foot
07/21/04 Australia 27 3-1 W Blaine, Minn. Foot
08/01/04 China PR 28 3-1 W East Hartford, Conn. Head
08/11/04 Greece 29 3-0 W Heraklio, Greece Head
08/14/04 Brazil 30 2-0 W Thessaloniki, Greece Left Foot
08/20/04 Japan 31 2-1 W Thessaloniki, Greece Foot
08/26/04 Brazil 32 2-1 W OT Athens, Greece Head
09/25/04 Iceland 33, 34 4-3 W Rochester, N.Y. Head, Head
09/29/04 Iceland 35 3-0 W Pittsburgh, Pa. Left Foot
10/03/04 New Zealand 36 5-0 W Portland, Ore. Left Foot
10/20/04 Ireland 37 5- 1 W Chicago, Ill. Foot
10/23/04 Ireland 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 5-0 W Houston, Texas Head, Foot, Head, Foot, Foot
11/06/04 Denmark 43 1-3 L Philadelphia, Pa. Head
12/08/04 Mexico 44, 45 5-0 W Carson, Calif. Head, Foot
03/11/05 Finland 46 3-0 W Guia, Portugal Head
03/13/05 Denmark 47 4-0 W Villareal de San
Antonio, Portugal
Head
10/23/05 Mexico 48, 49 3-0 W Charleston, S.C. Head, Head
01/18/06 Norway 50 3-1 W Guangzhou, China Foot
03/11/06 Denmark 51 5-0 W Quarteira, Portugal Foot
05/07/06 Japan 52, 53, 54 3-1 W Kumamoto, Japan Foot, Left Foot, Head
07/15/06 Sweden 55 3-2 W Blaine, Minn. Foot
07/23/06 Ireland 56 5-0 W San Diego, Calif. Head
07/30/06 Canada 57 2-0 W Cary, N.C. Penalty Kick
09/13/06 Mexico 58, 59 3-1 W Rochester, N.Y. Penalty Kick, Left Foot
10/01/06 Chinese Taipei 60, 61, 62 10-0 W Carson, Calif. Foot, Foot, Foot
10/08/06 Iceland 63, 64 2-1 W Richmond, Va. Foot, Foot
11/22/06 Mexico 65, 66 2-0 W Carson, Calif. Foot, Head
03/12/06 Sweden 67, 68 3-2 W Villareal de San
Antonio, Portugal
Right Knee, Head
04/14/07 Mexico 69 5-0 W Foxborough, Mass. Right foot
05/12/07 Canada 70, 71 6-2 W Frisco, Texas Left foot, head
06/16/07 China PR 72, 73 2-0 W Cleveland, Ohio Head, Head
06/23/07 Brazil 74 2-0 W East Rutherford, N.J. Head
07/28/07 Japan 75 4-1 W San Jose, Calif. Right foot
08/12/07 New Zealand 76, 77 6-1 W Chicago, Ill. Head, Right leg
09/11/07 Korea DPR 78 2-2 T Chengdu, China Right foot
09/14/07 Sweden 79, 80 2-0 W Chengdu, China Penalty-Right foot, left foot
09/22/07 England 81 3-0 W Tianjin, China Head
09/30/07 Norway 82, 83 4-1 W Shanghai, China Right leg, right foot
10/13/07 Mexico 84, 85 5-1 W St. Louis, Mo. Head, right foot
10/17/07 Mexico 86 4-0 W Portland, Ore. Right foot
03/05/08 China PR 87 4-0 W Albufeira, Portugal Left foot
03/10/08 Norway 88 4-0 W Alvor, Portugal Chest
03/12/08 Denmark 89 2-1 W Alvor, Portugal Right foot
04/04/08 Jamaica 90, 91 6-0 W Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Right foot, right foot
04/06/08 Mexico 92 3-1 W Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Left foot
04/27/08 Australia 93 3-2 W Cary, N.C. Head
05/03/08 Australia 94, 95 5-4 W Birmingham, Ala. Right foot, head
06/15/08 Australia 96 2-1 W Suwon, South Korea Head
06/19/08 Italy 97, 98 2-0 W Suwon, South Korea Left foot, head
07/02/08 Norway 99 4-0 W Fredrikstad, Norway Left foot

Goal scored with head (41) = 41 percent
Goal scored with feet (54) = 55 percent
Goals scored with chest (1) = 1 percent
Goals Scored with knee or leg (3) = 3 percent
U.S. Record when Wambach Scores: 65-1-2


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