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Big kudos to U.S. women’s national team forward Abby Wambach, who scored four goals in a 5-0 win Thursday against South Korea to break the international scoring record.
Wambach now has 160 goals for the national team, surpassing Mia Hamm‘s all-time mark of 158 in front of 18,961 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
It took less than 30 minutes for the record to fall, as Wambach opened the scoring in the 10th minute to draw within one goal of Hamm, tallied again in the 19th minute to pull even, then slammed home a diving header off a corner kick — fitting, right? — in the 29th minute to rewrite history. Even the subs on the bench ran onto the field to celebrate.
Wambach added another in the first minute of first-half stoppage time just for good measure. It was her first four-goal game (though she does have a five-goal game).
“It’s surreal to begin with,” she said in a federation release. “I’m so thankful and my teammates were trying to get me those goals. I can’t thank them enough. As a competitor you want to be done with the things that put me at the forefront of conversations. This team is too good to be talking about one person.”
Sixty-nine of Wambach’s 160 goals have come off headers. She was subbed out in the 58th minute to cheers of “Abby!”
Wambach also passed Hamm with her 39th multi-goal game. The team is 101-2-8 when she scores.
In other notes…
Reign FC’s Hope Solo started in goal for the first time since wrist surgery.
Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe also started after arriving late to finish the European season.
This was the final USWNT game during the NWSL season.
The USWNT is on a 63-0-9 run at home dating to 2004.
The USWNT is on a 29-0-5 unbeaten run with a 110-26 scoring margin.