She was vociferous against the artificial turfs from the beginning. “If a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it,” she echoed the philosophic words of Dick Allen. Her experience, earned over a long spell of a career in women’s football, provided her the vision which looks at synthetic turf as something that leaves players with wounds detrimental to their career.
FIFA’s decision left her no choice but to feature on the turf to fulfill her professional commitments. And at 35, Mary Abigail “Abby” Wambach is still sharp with all her stings and reflexes alive as she netted a win against the Super Falcons at Vancouver in front of spectators to take the runner-up of last edition’s World Cup.
Abby still possesses a handful of such knockout punches delivered whether as a starter or coming in as a substitute when the U.S. are in hunt for a desperate strike to stay afloat. Like her wildly executed left-footed volley that shook the African champion’s net on Tuesday. She’s been a class striker throughout her career. The number of her international goals is a testament of her striking prowess. The Seattle Reign FC striker is the highest scorer of all time for the national team with 183 goals. Few more could lead this U.S. side to their third World Cup glory. One must not forget, the 35-year-old mercurial striker holds the record of highest international goals for both men’s and women’s footballers.
A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach has featured for the U.S. women’s national team since 2001. In her illustrious international career she has FIFA World Player Of The Year award in 2012, apart from winning two Olympic Gold Medals. In the World Cup, Abby has notched up 14 goals so far, just one behind Brazil’s Marta who tops the list. Well the contest is open, as Wambach having tasted blood in the tournament will look forward to lead the 2nd ranked U.S. to the zenith in her fourth World Cup outing, and perhaps the last one in her career.