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The least decorated player on this list, Wambach has nonetheless helped ease the transition from the golden generation of U.S. women's players to the current generation.
She won Olympic Gold in 2004 and was unlucky not to be part of the gold medal winning team in 2008, having suffered a broken leg in the team's send-off game. Wambach's competitiveness and persistence was evident in last summer's World Cup as her late goal against Brazil and go-ahead goal in the World Cup Final.
Unfortunate to not have won a World Cup, Wambach has scored almost a goal per game for the national team with 122 goals in 162 appearances.