The U.S. women’s national team sent off retiring striker Abby Wambach on Wednesday night, honoring her decorated international career.
Wambach, the all-time leading international goal-scorer in women’s soccer history, would leave without a score in the U.S.’s friendly against China at the Superdome in New Orleans, but the team took a moment to acknowledge her exploits in an emotional pregame ceremony. Fans chanted Wambach’s name throughout, and she was subbed off for Christen Press in the 72nd minute to a standing ovation.
Donning the captain’s armband, Wambach bid farewell to the American fans.
The pre-match ceremony:
Wambach’s final exit:
Wambach sat down with Fox Sports for a postgame farewell interview, as well.
Wambach, 35, finishes with 255 international caps, a record 184 international goals, a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals to her name.
Given those numbers, Wambach has a case as the greatest women’s soccer player ever, one that President Barack Obama supported with a tweet earlier Wednesday.
Wambach spoke at length with SI’s Grant Wahl about her career and future plans on the Planet Futbol podcast this week, which you can listen to below.
- Jeremy Woo