Mia Hamm was the previously the highest goalscorer in international history finding the back of the net 158 times in 275 appearances. Many thought this record would be nearly impossible to beat, but Abby Wambach did it incredible style.
She entered the game with 156 career goals, two behind Mia Hamm’s mark. She then caught fire and scored an improbably four goals in the first half to pass Hamm’s record and claim the title of “greatest goal scorer” in women’s soccer.
And it took Abby Wambach 207 games, 68 less than Mia Hamm.
Abby Wambach’s 4 goals led the US Women’s National Team past South Korea with a 5-0 win. As the ultimate team player and leader that Wambach is she is already looking to pass the torch to the team’s next star, Alex Morgan.
“It has never been my goal to break any world records,” Wambach said, via Pro Soccer Talk. “Especially one that my idol Mia Hamm had set. My personal goal would be to assist on many more Alex Morgan goals, so that she one day could break my record.”
She could move the record even higher and make it harder for Alex Morgan to reach mark if she continues to play. And she hinted at sticking around to make a run at a World Cup Title.
“And of course the 2015 World Cup title, I would love nothing more than to bring that home for us.”
Abby Wambach talks about the record breaking night: