Citing Abby Wambach's crusade against artificial turf at the Women's World Cup and her leadership for a U.S. women's national team that is eyeing its first World Cup title in 16 years, Time has named the veteran forward one of its most 100 influential people of 2015.
Wambach, who was named to Jill Ellis's 23-player roster for the upcoming Women's World Cup in Canada, was the subject of a tribute write-up by former U.S. great Mia Hamm, who said:
As Abby has developed into a star, scoring more international goals than any other player in history, she has embraced being a leader. There are times when Abby just throws the team on her back and wills it to victory when that looks almost impossible. Abby is also a great role model for young fans and recently led the charge to get FIFA to use grass for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, as it does for men. Though she lost the battle, the fight sent a powerful message about equality in sports. Whether inspiring her team on the field or taking on important issues off it, Abby uses her passion and fearlessness to lead by example.
Wambach speaks about her career, her quest for an elusive World Cup title and her legacy with Time in the video below: