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Abby Wambach comes up just short

Abby Wambach left it all on the field

Originally Published: July 17, 2011
By Jacqueline Purdy

FRANKFURT, Germany -- It almost didn't seem real. Abby Wambach, who had saved the United States in the quarterfinals and semifinals of this Women's World Cup, was standing on the field after the game in second place.

Once again, Wambach's brilliant aerial ability had given the United States an important late goal, but this time it wasn't enough to give the U.S. its third World Cup title.

"It's hard to believe, but this is the World Cup," Wambach said after the game. "This ...

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