June 20, U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach scored four goals against Korea Republic in a 5-0 victory, to smash the world record in international goalscoring, surpassing Mia Hamm.
Hamm held the longstanding record with 158 goals, but Thursday, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Wambach brought her career total to 160 goals to become the world’s all-time leading international goal scorer.
“I can’t say how much I look up to Mia and how amazing the record that she set was,” said Wambach. “My teammates have put me in all different kinds of positions to score goals, and I can’t say it enough, and I really through and through believe it in my heart that I’m only as good as my teammates allow me to be.”
It was the 39th multi-goal game of Wambach’s career and also the first time she ever scored four goals in one game, although she once scored five in a single match.
Wambach’s third goal against Korea Republic in just the 29th minute broke the world record. Teammates and staff ran to celebrate with her on the field and the crowd of 18,961 erupted with cheers. As the consummate team player, all four of Wambach’s goals were achieved in combination with other players, rather than individual effort. Lauren Cheney provided two of Wambach’s assists and added a goal of her own. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Kelley O’Hara also contributed assists.
“I’m so thankful and my teammates were trying to get me those goals,” said Wambach. “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.”
The U.S. Women’s National Team outshot Korea Republic 25-2, and only allowed one shot on goal, while earning 11 corner kicks.
The U.S. Women’s National Team are now 101-2-8 when Wambach finds the net. Wambach’s closet competitor to the title of goal leader is Canada’s titan Christine Sinclair, who has recorded 145 goals and is still going strong.
All-Time Leading Goal Scorers
160 *Abby Wambach, USA
158 Mia Hamm, USA
145 *Christine Sinclair, Canada
130 Kristine Lilly, USA
128 Birgit Prinz, Germany
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USA – Abby Wambach (Lauren Cheney) 10th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Lauren Cheney) 19
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe) 29
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 45+1
USA – Lauren Cheney (Kelley O’Hara) 64
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Jill Loyden, 46); 6-Crystal Dunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 48), 14-Whitney Engen, 22-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 52); 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (16-Yael Averbuch, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 49), 20-Abby Wambach (23-Christen Press, 58)
Substitutions Not Used: 17-Tobin Heath
Head coach: Tom Sermanni
KOR: 1-Kim Jungmi, 4-Shim Seoyeon (capt.), 6-Lim Seonjoo, 20-Kim Hyeri, 5-Lee Sejin (13-Lee Mina, 56), 8-Cho Sohyun, 15-Kim Narae, 17-Park Heeyoung (14-Kwon Hahnul, 60), 10-Ji Soyun (19-Shin Jiyoung, 86), 12-Yoo Younga, 18-Jeoun Eunha (16-Kim Sangeun, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Kim Jihye, 3-Jeong Younga, 7-Lee Eunhye, 9-Park Heeyoung, 11-Lee Jangmi, 21-Yoon Younggeul, 22-Lee Jungeun
Head coach: Yoon Dukyeo
Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 25 / 2
Shots on Goal: 14 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 3 / 10
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
4th: Christina Unkel (USA)