Monday, June 24, 2013

Abby Wambach Breaks Mia Hamm's International Scoring Record

Abby Wambach was determined to get the whole "#ChasingMia" thing over with so the US Women's National Team could focus on other things. Well, she broke the International scoring record in soccer/football, previously held by Mia Hamm, in style. She managed to score four goals against South Korea. The second goal was the one that tied Hamm's record, and the third put her ahead and into history. It was fitting that both were headers, considering Wambach has been known to be one of the best at heading the ball into the back of the net. It was a header that helped Wambach score her most famous goal to tie up the Quarterfinal game against Brazil at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, in the final seconds.

Wambach and the US Women's National Team now have their sights set on the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, hoping to capture the first World Cup for the United States since the famous 1999 Women's World Cup on home soil. And for the US, Canada is as close as you can get to home soil without it actually being in the States. The close proximity means tons of American fans will be making the trip up North.

As a side note, its been a pleasure to watch both Wambach and Hamm not just because of their talent, but because they know that it takes an entire team to win. Hamm was all about the team effort and being humble with her accomplishments, as Wambach is now. Individual accolades are nice, but a team will fail if it isn't unified, and both made it a point to recognize that fact. Its refreshing to see in a sports world that seems obsessed with individual accolades. Just look at the NFL, when a team wins the Super Bowl, most headlines reference the QB being the victor. "Eli Manning has won two Super Bowls." No, the Giants won them. Sure, there is one player who is always the main attraction and most talented, but they can't win alone.

The US Women's National Team has always transitioned from one great team to the next, and there has always been a standout goal scorer in each. Michelle Akers to Mia Hamm to Abby Wambach and now onto Alex Morgan. Wambach isn't finished yet though, her determination now makes its way towards Canada 2015 to capture that elusive World Cup trophy. 

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