June 14, 2013
RESUMING HER QUEST
Wambach, 3 away from Hamm's record of 158 goals, and U.S. to host Korea on Saturday
U.S. striker Abby Wambach continues her quest to surpass Mia Hamm as the all-time women's goal-scorer as the United States hosts the Korea Republic in the first of two international matches this weekend.
|Abby Wambach is three goals shy of Mia Hamm’s all time international scoring record
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The Americans will play Asian side at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The second encounter between the two teams will be held in Harrison, N.J. on Thursday, June 20.
Wambach, the 2012FIFA women's world player of the year, enters the match with 155 goals, three shy of Hamm's 158. Hamm retired in 2004.
The U.S. is coming off a rematch of the 2012 London Olympics semifinal against Canada in Toronto on June 2. Wambach did not score in that match, but assisted on two goals in a 3-0 win. In a match for the ages, the Americans defeated the Canadians, 4-3, in the semifinals, The U.S. went on to win the gold medal, while Canada captured a bronze, it's first medal in women's soccer.
Wambach last scored in a 3-3 draw with Germany in Offenbach on April 5. The U.S. has a 99-2-8 record all she scores at least one goal in a game. Wambach has never scored against Korea because she has never played against the Asian team.
The U.S. enters comes the match with a 7-0-2 record this year, with the ties coming against Germany and Sweden. The Americans are riding a 32-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan, 1-0, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 5, 2012.
The U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
Defenders: Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
Midfielders: Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
The Korea Republic roster:
Goalkeepers: Kim Jungmi (Hyundai Steel), Yoon Younggeul (Suwon FMC)
Defenders: Kim Jihye (Sports Toto), Jeong Younga (Seoul City), Shim Seoyeon (Goyang Daekyo), Lim Seonjoo (Hyundai Steel), Kim Hyeri (Seoul City)
Midfielders: Lee Sejin (Hyundai Steel), Lee Eunhye (Goyang Daekyo), Cho Sohyun (Hyundai Steel), Lee Jangmi (Sports Toto), Lee Mina (Hyundai Steel), Kwon Hahnul (Busan Sangmu), Kim Narae (Suwon FMC), Park Heeyoung (Sports Toto), 19-Shin Jiyoung (Seoul City), Lee Jungeun (Hanyang Women's University)
Forwards: Park Heeyoung (KSPO), Ji Soyun (Kobe INAC, Japan), Yoo Younga (Busan Sangmu), Kim Sangeun (KSPO), Jeoun EunhaF (KSPO)