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Striking distance

Net-minded Abby Wambach is a hat trick from making Mia Hamm look like a prophet

Originally Published: May 30, 2013
By Lizzie Haldane | ESPN The Magazine

When Mia Hamm retired in 2004, she knew that her world record of 158 career international goals wouldn't last forever. And she already sensed who would break it: teammate Abby Wambach. "I read that the only reason I had that record was that I played for 17 years," said Hamm at the time. "[Wambach] won't need to play for 17 years to get that many goals."

And even though the world is catching up to the U.S. -- and the American talent pool is deeper than ever -- Hamm ...

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