United States Women’s National Team striker Abby Wambach wrote her name into the history books this evening, surpassing Mia Hamm as the all-time goal-scoring leader in international competitions. Wambach scored three goals in the opening 29 minutes of the U.S. women’s game against the Republic of Korea at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
The second goal tied Hamm’s mark of 158 and the third broke the record, giving Wambach 159 goals in her international career. UPDATE: Wambach has added a fourth. Her career total stands at 160.
That number is greater than any male soccer player has ever scored. Iran’s Ali Daei holds the men’s record, with 109 international goals.
Teammates celebrate with Wambach after she broke the record held by Hamm. (Photo by Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)
Even more startling? It only took her 207 games to set the mark.
Hamm was, per usual, a class act in congratulating Wambach on the accomplishment.
Congratulations @AbbyWambach. So proud of you, my friend. You are a warrior and true champion. Enjoy this.
Abby Wambach just did something no soccer player has done before
Wambach nets four goals to reach a career mark of 160 international goals, passing Mia Hamm.
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