Abby Wambach is an American professional soccer player. Although she is now retired, Abby has enough titles behind her to be remembered for years to come. She is a two time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. She won a title of U.S. soccer athlete of the year six times and she stands as the highest all time goal scorer for the national teams and with 184 goals she holds a world record for international goals for male and female categories. In 2015 she was on the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Abby Wambach Age
Abby Wambach was born on June 2, 1980. She is 37 years old at the time of writing this article.
Abby Wambach Girlfriend and Family
Abby Wambach was with her longtime friend Sarah Huffman, and with Glennon Doyle Melton. She is now married to Glennon.
Abby was born in Rochester, New York and raised in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford to Pete and Judy Wambach. She has seven brothers and sisters and she is the youngest of them all. Soccer has been her only passions since the age of 4.
As the story goes, her first contact with soccer came from a brochure. Her mother both some book about soccer, they studied it thoroughly and her parents signed her up. Training and a team philosophy were obviously not strange to her since she grew up with two sisters and four brothers. That was practically an entire soccer team. The experience of living with so many siblings made her tough and competitive. It thought her that one could have all sorts of talents, but that there is always someone who is better.
Her brother said in one of the interviews:”She was as competitive as you can get. One of the first experiences where I knew she’d be better than most, was a game of catch football. I threw the ball to one of the neighbors and Abby tackled him. She got up and he was on the ground, groaning. She was 11 or 12 at that time”.
Source – Wikipedia
As a member of a youth soccer league, Abby Wambach was transferred from girl’s team to boy’s team because she was too tough for a girl team. Even though she was smaller and younger than those boys, she evaded them easily, headed the ball over them, dribbling, etc.
Abby Wambach Education and Career
Abby attended “Our Lady of Mercy High School” in Rochester from 1994 to 1998. That is a private all girls Catholic School teaching grades 6-12. That is a school with long history, founded in 1928. During the High School Years, Abby scored 142 goals out of which 34 goals in 1997 alone. During that period she used to stay on the field after the workout to additionally practice diving headers, which she eventually mastered and used it as a signature skill in all the games she had played before she went to retirement.
She won dozens of awards including national high school player of the year, NSCAA Regional Player of the Year, NSCAA State of New York Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions New York Player of the Year, etc.
The important thing from that period was an opportunity she got to train with the National Team with U.S. women’s national soccer team. She also traveled to Beijing, China in 1997 to compete as a member of the first American youth soccer team to ever compete there.
Abby Wambach attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where she played for the women’s soccer team from 1998 to 2001. She helped Gators to their first NCAA national championship. She continued to be one of the most talented players in the team and she was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 2012.
Abby Wambach Professional Career
After the graduation, she signed for her first club Washington Freedom. The first season for the club was not that good since they had many injured players and the rest simply couldn’t connect. But during the 2003 season, Wambach worked perfectly with Freedom teammate Mia Hamm and helped to push the Freedom to victory in the Founders Cup III, taking the place of the MVP for that season.
In 2011, her team was relocated to Boca Raton, Florida and changed its name and the entire management. The new name was magicJack and she was named a new player-coach for the team. Unfortunately, on October 26, 2011, officials decided to terminate the magicJack franchise.
In January 2013 Abby Wambach started playing for the new team, Western New York Flash, in her hometown Rochester. That is where she suffered a bad concussion from a hit to the head, and had to make a brief pause in her games. Later on, she also sat out the entire 2015 NWSL season because of 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup.
She started playing for the national team in 2001. Back then, Abby helped her team to finish at the third place of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and practically won the match for gold at the 2004 Olympics against Brazil.
In 2007, her team finished third, she missed the 2008 Olympics because she broke her leg, and again won the match with her signature header, again against Brazil to lead her team to finals of 2011 World Cup where they lost against Japan.
Her career started the downfall in 2015 when she was just a bench warmer, although she helped her team go to the finals where they finally defeated Japan.
Is Abby Wambach Lesbian?
Yes, Abby Wambach is lesbian and she married her longtime girlfriend, Sarah Huffman in Hawaii. That was not her “coming out” story because she has never been a person who would hide something. She has always been very open about her sexuality. In 2016, in her autobiography, she announced she and Huffman are divorcing, and later that year, Wambach announced that she is in a relationship with author Glennon Doyle Melton. The couple married on May 14, 2017.
Abby Wambach Net Worth
According to official data, Abby Wambach net worth is somewhere around $3 Million.
Abby Wambach Book
Abby Wambach also wrote a book called “Forward”. It is a Biography and Autobiography which got positive reviews by almost every single credible critic. Some of the reviews are:
“Lucid and wrenching…Forward puts [Wambach’s] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor.” —NPR
“Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves.” —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, New York Times Bestselling author of Lean In
“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
Reviews are taken from “Google Books Library”
|Born:||June 2. 1980.|
|Net Worth:||$3 million|
|Hair Color:||White Brown|
|Married to:||Glennon Doyle Melton|
|Education:||Our Lady of Mercy High School and University of Florida|