Happy birthday, Abby Wambach! The global soccer superstar turns 34 today. The youngest of seven children, Wambach was the National High School Player of the Year in 1997 as a senior at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, New York. She went on to have a remarkable collegiate career at Florida, leading the Gators to the national title in 1998 and being named the SEC Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001. Wambach, a forward, set school records for goals (96), assists (49), points (241), game-winning goals (24) and hat-tricks (10) during her four-year stint. Wambach made her first appearance with the U.S. national team in 2001 and scored her first (of many) international goal in April of 2002. Wambach was named to the 2003 women's World Cup roster and was the team's leading scorer in the third-place effort. Wambach has since become the all-time leading women’s scorer in international soccer history, breaking Mia Hamm's record last year, and has led the team to two Olympic gold medals. She married her wife and former Flash teammate Sarah Huffman in 2013 in front of several USWNT teammates in Hawaii. Wambach also plays for the Western New York Flash of the NWSL, and suffered an apparent knee injury Saturday night.
Abby Wambach, who has more goals than anyone in women's international soccer history, celebrates her 34th birthday today.