Abby Wambach has always been fearless. Even as a rookie on the U.S. women’s national team, she would score goals that made me say, “Gosh, if she doesn’t win the ball, she’s probably going to get crushed.”
That is how U.S. women’s national team legend Mia Hamm opened her brief bio on Wambach for Time’s The 100 Most Influential People 2015 edition.
Wambach rose to the individual challenges on the field and has been a key to keeping the U.S. WNT at the top of the game. Her efforts have made her 1 of the most influential people and with the 2015 World Cup this summer the biggest moment of her career is on the horizon.
The forward with 178 goals for the Red, White, and Blue to her name talking with Time about her goal in the tournament: get the ball in the goal. Playing in her last tournament, it would be easy to dwell on the sadness of the end being near, but Wambach said it means she has one more chance to win the tournament for her country. It’s obvious to fans everywhere that Wambach is going to make her last chance count. “I want to leave the game better than I found it and push it forward,” Wambach said.