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Timeline: Abby Wambach

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    Timeline: Abby Wambach

  • Freshman helps Merch reach semifinals

    As a freshman, helps Mercy reach Section V Class A semifinals, but team loses 6−1 to Greece Athena.
  • Sophomore year at Mercy

    The sophomore scores twice and goes in to play goalie with 1 minute, 23 seconds left to stop a Greece Athena penalty kick in Mercy's 3−2 victory in Section V Class A championship match.
  • AGR Player of the Year

    Mercy (21−2−1) loses 3−2 on penalty kicks to Rockland in state semifinals. Also named All−Greater Rochester Player of Year with 34 goals, 8 assists.
  • Under-16 national team

    Selected to practice with U.S. Under−16 national team.
  • Mercy wins third title in six years

    As a senior, scores to give Mercy a 1−0 win over Greece Athena for its third Section V title in six years.
  • University of Florida

    Announces she'll attend the University of Florida.
  • National Player of the Year

    Named national Player of the Year among high school girls.
  • NCAA title

    Helps Florida (25−1) upset North Carolina, 1−0, to win NCAA title. Named All−SEC and conference's Rookie of Year.
  • Picked to senior national team

    Chosen to play for senior national team in Nike U.S. Cup after impressive performance for gold−medal winning Under−21 U.S. team in Nordic Cup.
  • Plays for national team

    Becomes first Rochester female to play for national team, playing 14 minutes in a 4−1 Nike U.S. Cup win against Germany in Chicago
  • Second pick in WUSA draft

    Second pick in WUSA draft
    Selected by Washington Freedom with second overall pick in WUSA draft.
  • WUSA Rookie of the Year

    WUSA Rookie of the Year
    Named WUSA Rookie of the Year with 10 goals, 10 assists, but Washington loses title match, 3−2, to Carolina.
  • All-Star MVP

    Has two goals, one assist and is named MVP of WUSA All−Star Game.
  • Called up

    Initially disappointed when left off U.S. roster for Gold Cup, the qualifying tournament for 2003 World Cup, but is called up to replace an injured teammate.
  • 7,664 at Frontier Field

    Scores a goal and has her No. 21 Mercy jersey retired at a 2−2 WUSA exhibition tie with New York Power before a crowd of 7,664 at Frontier Field.
  • WUSA Title and MVP

    Scores both goals, including OT winner, as Washington beats Atlanta 2−1 for WUSA title. Named match MVP.
  • Named to World Cup team

    Named to Women's World Cup roster for U.S., her childhood dream.
  • World Cup goal

    Comes off bench to score her first World Cup goal, a six−yard header, in a 5−0 rout of Nigeria in Philadelphia.
  • Decisive goal

    Scores the decisive goal as U.S. edges rival Norway, 1−0, in Foxborough, Mass., to reach World Cup semifinals.
  • First Olympic goal

    Scores a goal in Olympic debut, a 3−0 win over Greece.
  • Olympic gold

    Olympic gold
    Scores on a leaping header from 10 yards off Kristine Lilly's 112th−minute corner kick to give U.S. 2−1 OT victory over Brazil and Olympic gold.
  • US Soccer's Player of the Year

    Named United States Soccer's Player of Year for first time.
  • Two goals vs. Mexico

    Scores two goals in a 3−1 win over Mexico in Rochester.
  • 99th goal

    Scores her 99th goal in international competition in 4−0 win over Norway in Fredrikstad, Norway.
  • Injury

    Breaks left leg in a 1−0 win over Brazil in San Diego in United States' final tuneup for the Beijing Olympics. Misses the Olympics as U.S. wins gold.
  • Abby returns

    Returns from broken leg to play in inaugural game of Women's Professional Soccer as Washington Freedom lose to Los Angeles Sol in Carson, Calif.
  • 100th goal

    Scores her 100th goal on 15−yard shot in a 1−0 exhibition win over Canada in Rochester.
  • Player of the Year again

    Named U.S. Soccer's Player of Year for a fourth time (2003, '04, '07).
  • World Cup header

    Scores the latest goal in Women's World Cup history, a leaping header in 122nd minute of quarterfinals, to tie Brazil. The U.S. eventually won 5−3 in penalty kicks.
  • Best Play of 2011

    Scores winning goal on header in 79th minute to power United States to 3−1 win over France and a berth in today's World Cup championship. Later that night, received an ESPY Award for Best Play of 2011 for her goal against Brazil three days earlier.
  • Record attendance

    Abby Wambach and her team, the magicJack, took on the Western New York Flash in a Women's Professional Soccer matchup, while Brock was on hand at Frontier Field for an autograph session. The soccer game set a WPS attendance record of 15,404 and a crowd of 5,328 was at Frontier Field.
  • 142 goals

    142 goals
    Scores twice but Mercy squanders a 3−0 lead and loses 4−3 in OT in state title game. Wambach has 34 goals, 9 assists to finish high school career with 142 goals. See more at
  • AP Player of the Year

    The Pittsford native's heroics in the Women's World Cup make her the first individual soccer player — male or female — to be an AP Athlete of the Year.