Abby Wambach Says Goodbye To USWNT In NOLA
Abby Wambach, possibly the greatest American soccer player of all time, said goodbye to the USWNT in New Orleans this Wednesday.
Wambach's 186 goals in the red, white and blue are the most by any individual to ever suit up in international play for the USA, man or woman. She holds the record for most multi-goal games (44) and goals scored in a match (5), and her header against Brazil in 2011 will live in USWNT folk lore forever. She brought a World Cup back to the USA, and on top of that, she never apologized for who she is and what she stands for.
The 0-1 loss to China in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in her final game for the USWNT wasn't the goodbye they wanted to give her. Ideally, she would have scored a hat trick and got carried off into the sunset...or to Bourbon Street. It wasn't a fairy tale ending, but an ending nonetheless.
It will feel odd watching a USWNT game without Wambach. Every time a cross gets sent in, I'll expect her powerful head to get on the end of it. Somebody else will have to step into the massive shoes she is leaving up front, but the foundation is there. Wambach was part of a generation of American soccer players that helped bring the sport into the public eye, where they continued to prove their excellence to a hesitant sports audience. Now, the USMNT is one of the prides of our country. That in itself is enough to say Wambach is leaving on as high of a note as possible.
With the World Cup trophy on display in New Orleans, the greatest goal scorer in the history of American soccer will hit the Quarter to celebrate a legendary career.
One thing is for certain, she couldn't have picked a better place to go out with a party.