Abby Wambach has matched or surpassed Mia Hamm in just about every possible way on the soccer field, and she is one step closer to matching Hamm's feat of winning consecutive FIFA Women's World Player of the Year awards.
Wambach, the prolific U.S. women's national team forward, is among three finalists for the honors, which she captured last year for the first time. She is joined by Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and Brazil forward Marta. If Wambach wins, she would equal Hamm's feat of winning twice, which she accomplished in 2001 and 2002.
Wambach was recently named U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for a record sixth time, breaking her and Hamm's mark of five. During 2013, she broke Hamm's international goal-scoring record (which now stands at 163, and counting), and accounted for 11 goals and six assists on the international level.
On the club level, her 11 goals and eight assists for the Western New York Flash were both second in NWSL, as she guided the club to the league's inaugural final before coming up short in a loss to the Portland Thorns.
Wambach will learn if she is the world's top female player yet again at FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards gala on Jan. 13 in Zurich.