Abby Wambach: American Star Will Have Huge Game Against Japan

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Abby Wambach of United States reacts after scoring during the Women's Football first round Group G match between the United States and DPR Korea,on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on July 31, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Abby Wambach is, by far, one of the best players on the U.S. women's soccer team. The 32-year-old from Rochester, N.Y. unfortunately couldn't compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to a broken leg, but she is making up for it now. This might be the last Olympics that Wambach plays in, so she'll want to make it count.

Wambach has scored in every game so far for Team USA at the Summer Olympics, and was very close to scoring a game-winning goal against Canada in the last match. She's a fierce competitor and great leader each and every time she steps onto the field.

Last year, during the 2011 World Cup in Germany, the U.S. team lost to Japan on penalty kicks. This time around in the Summer Olympics, Wambach and company will have an opportunity for redemption.

Wambach admits that the day they lost to Japan during the World Cup still crosses her mind time and again.

“I’ve been hoping for this final from the moment I stepped off the podium in Germany,” Wambach said (via

Since she's been on the national team, Wambach has scored 143 goals in 187 matches. During this year, she has scored 18 goals in 21 games. She is a game-changer, an aggressive athlete and has tremendous skill on the soccer field.

Wambach will prove to be successful against Japan, and Team USA just might have what it takes to walk away with the gold medal.