Mon, Jan 30th 2012, 09:18
Now Abby Wambach only has Mia Hamm to beat.
The veteran striker scored twice Sunday night, moving into second place on the international scoring list, and the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Canada 4-0 in the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
Wambach and Alex Morgan made for a formidable tandem, accounting for all the goals in a game for bragging rights among neighboring rivals. The U.S. and Canada already wrapped up berths in the London Olympics with their semifinal victories Friday.
Wambach’s head-flick provided the assist on Morgan’s goal in the fourth minute, then Morgan assisted in the 24th and 28th as Wambach pushed her career total to 131 goals, one ahead of longtime U.S. captain Kristine Lilly. The 31-year-old forward said last week that it’s only a matter of time before she or Canada’s Christine Sinclair topple Hamm’s record of 158, but that’s still a few years off.
Wambach left for a sub at halftime, but Morgan continued merrily on, scoring her second goal in the 56th.
Wambach and Sinclair started the game tied at 129, but the anticipated head-to-head matchup between two of the game’s greats turned out to be as lopsided as the final score. Sinclair, who had nine goals in her first four games in the tournament, found herself bottled up by U.S. defenders. The better scoring chances were left to Christina Julien, who was twice stymied point-blank by goalkeeper Hope Solo in the first half.
Doc G | on 5/2/12
I love Abby wambach soooooo much !!! Ever since I first saw her play when I was 8 at pizza hut park when they played Canada in pink uniforms h was screaming her name. I read all her twitter and website posts and am seriously redicously excited to see the whole national team play on February 11th next weekend!!!! My coach says I am like Abby because I am tall and strong and big. I wanted to cut my hair like Abby but my mom wouldn’t let me! Anyway keep being awesome Abby!!! I live ya!!
amy whitson | on 31/1/12
Terriffic match this weekend, looking forward to London! Stay healthy Abby!