July 18, 2009
GOING FOR 100
Wambach seeks milestone goal
ROCHESTER NY---U.S. forward Abby Wambach will be looking for her 100th career international goal when the Women’s National Team faces Canada in her home town of Rochester, NY on Sunday at Marina Auto Stadium. (ESPN at 3 p.m. ET).
|Abby Wambach is looking to become the fifth U.S. player to score 100 goals.
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Wambach will be playing on her second game for the USA. since first time since she suffered a broken leg against Brazil on July 16, 2008, in the USA’s final game before the Olympics.
Wambach was on 99 career goals when she was injured more than a year ago and did not find the net in 90 minutes in a game earlier this year against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto.
If she scores on Sunday, she would become the second U.S. player to net her 100th goal in Rochester. Canada’s Christine Sinclair also has 99 goals, so it is possible two players could net their 100th international tallies on Sunday.
Wambach and Sinclair are both tied for ninth place on the all-time international goal scoring list. If wither of them scores, the would be tied with Tiffeny Milbrett for eight on the all-time international list. Wambach would move into fourth on the all-time U.S. list behind Mia Hamm 158 goals), Kristine Lilly (129 goals) and Michelle Akers (105) goals.
Canada’s current coach Carolina Morace is tied for fifth on the all-time list, scoring 105 goals for Italy.
Mia Hamm was the first U.S. player to score 100 career goals, getting hers at Frontier Field on Sept. 18, 1998.
It has been a long road back for Wambach, who has a titanium rod in her left leg. Wambach, who tied for the league lead in scoring with 33 points in her only season in the old Women’s United Soccer League, has only scored three goals for the Washington Freedom this year.