The only question is whether Abby Wambach was a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Abby Wambach was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
After all, the striker accomplished so much and set high standards for her U.S. national team teammates and the opposition, domestic and international.
It will be interesting to see if Wambach was a unanimous selection given what she accomplished during her 15-year professional soccer career.
Wambach’s election to the Hall on the player ballot was announced Saturday afternoon. Voting results were not immediately known, although Wambach cleared the minimum two-thirds needed to be included.
The Rochester, N.Y. native retired from soccer in 2015 after amassing a world-record 184 goals in 255 international appearances.
Wambach participated in four Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games, winning a championship in the former and two gold medals in the latter.
In 2013, she was named to the U.S. national women’s team all-time Best XI chosen by the USSF.
After a star-studded career at the University of Florida, the 28-year-old Wambach enjoyed a productive career in three professional women’s leagues in the states, with the Washington Freedom (Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer), magicJack (WPS) and the Western New York Flash (National Women’s Soccer League).
This year’s induction ceremonies will take place at the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas Sept. 21.