Abby Wambach Drops the Mic During Emotional Send-Off at Her Final Soccer Game
By Jackie Willis
The United States Women's National Soccer Team lost to China, 0-1, in New Orleans on Wednesday night, but they still had lots to celebrate. Captain Abby Wambach played her final game with the USWNT, and emotions were running high for everyone both on and off the field.
"Today wasn't about getting a result," Wambach told ESPN after the team lost their first game on U.S. soil since 2004. "It was about celebrating, not just my career but the chances that I've had with all my other teammates and the time that I've spent with them."
Before walking off the field for the last time, the 35-year-old athlete expressed her gratitude for the U.S. team and her fans. "It has been my pleasure and my honor to represent the fans for as long as I've been able to," she said, tearing up. "Before I get emotional, I just want to genuinely express how much I've given myself to this team and how important it is to give all of yourself to whatever you want to do in your life as a passion."
"Forget me. Forget my number. Forget my name. Forget I ever existed," Wambach -- who leads both FIFA men and women in international goals, with 184 -- says in the ad. "I want to leave a legacy where the ball keeps moving forward. Where the next generation accomplishes something so great and I am no longer a number. So, forget me. Because the day I'm forgotten is the day we will succeed."
The USWNT made history in July when they won their third FIFA Women's World Cup -- defeating Japan 5-2 in the finals. After the big win, Wambach made headlines again when she ran up to her wife, Sarah Huffman, in the stands and shared a sweet embrace and kiss. The Vine of the PDA moment has been viewed well over 11 million times.