Veteran hit-woman Abby Wambach has decided to hang her scoring shoes. Wambach was a member of the U.S. soccer team that aclinched the FIFA World Cup in Canada this season.
Wambach earlier announced before the World Cup that she wanted to cap her illustrious career by winning the biggest event of the sport. Now she will bid adieu to the game after taking part in the U.S. national team’s 10-game victory tour. Her last game will be at New South Orleans against China on December 16.
“After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I’ve decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end,” Wambach, the mercurial striker who netted several goals, said in a statement. “While we still have more work to do for women’s soccer, after bringing the World Cup back to the United States this summer, I’m feeling extremely optimistic about the future of our sport. It’s been an amazing, wonderful ride, and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life brings.”
The six-feet tall striker has netted 77 international goals in her long career with her famous head. Wambach also scored 107 throough the rest of her body. She notched up the winner in 2004 Olympic finals to guide the U.S. women’s side to gold medal. Wambach owns the record of maximum international goals in women’s soccer.