Star bio: United States' Abby Wambach
Veteran American star combines power and a nose for goal
Born: June 2, 1980, in Rochester, New York
Clubs played for: Washington Freedom (U.S.A.)
International career: Wambach earned her first cap for the U.S. national team in 2001 against Germany. Since then, she's scored over 100 goals and played in over 100 games for her country, and participated at the last two World Cups where she helped the U.S. win bronze medals both times. She also competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, playing a pivotal role in the Americans' gold-medal campaign. She is a four-time winner of the U.S. Women's Player of the Year award (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010).
Why is she so special? Wambach is a tough, uncompromising competitor who is deadly in front of goal. Arguably the most powerful forward in women's soccer, Wambach's size (five-feet-eleven) and sheer willpower makes her a handful for opposing defenders.
Her most famous moment: Wambach scored the extra-time winner with a header in the 112th minute to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 win over Brazil in the gold-medal game at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
She said it: "I really don't care for the limelight. My only goal is to win."
What they're saying about her: "Abby Wambach [is] one of the three or four greatest players in U.S. women's soccer history, and the most awesome goal-scorer." — Bob Matthews, sports columnist for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Here's an interesting fact: Wambach scored her 100th international career goal in dramatic fashion during a 1-0 victory against Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., on July 19, 2009.