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Global Dec 16, 2015

USWNT sends off Abby Wambach in front of record crowd in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (Via U.S. Soccer) – U.S. Soccer legend and all-time leading goalscorer Abby Wambach played her final game for the World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team in the final game of its Victory Tour, which finished in a 1-0 defeat to China in front of a record crowd of 32,950 in New Orleans.

After 255 appearances, 18,363 minutes played (including 72 in tonight’s match), with her record 184 goals along with 73 assists, Wambach walked off the pitch to a standing ovation for the last time while wearing the Red, White and Blue.

From the game’s beginning, the U.S. controlled possession and it was clear that the team would try everything to get Wambach a goal on her final night. While the legend had a few chances, the goal that the team and the crowd longed for evaded Wambach and the USA.

The U.S. was the dominant side in terms of possession and chances, but it was China that capitalized on its opportunity, burying a goal against the run of play in the 58th minute, which proved to be the game-winner. The U.S. pushed hard to equalize late, producing a number of near-misses including a Lindsey Horan goal that was called back for the slimmest of offside margins and an Emily Sonnet header that sailed just over the crossbar in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
CHN– Wang Shuang (Wang Shanshan), 58th minute: China broke the run of play with a few carefully crafted passes and sent the ball out wide to Wang Shanshan, who pushed with pace toward the end line on the right. Near the corner, Shanshan sent a long cross to Wang Shuang, who hit a volley that deflected off Meghan Klingenberg and into the right corner.USA 0, CHN 1

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo earned her 185th cap in goal, padding her all-time GK appearance record for the U.S.
  • With her start tonight, Meghan Klingenberg became the 51st U.S. female player to earn 50 caps.

Additional Notes:

  • The crowd of 32,950 was the largest ever to view a WNT match in New Orleans.
  • The defeat ended a 104-match unbeaten streak for the WNT. The loss was the first at home for the team since Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia vs. Denmark.
  • China has been one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history. The U.S. has played China 56 times, more than any other nation. Since 1991 – a span of 24 years – the U.S. and China have failed to play a match in a calendar year only five times.
  • The USA is now 34-9-13 all-time vs. China. They have outscored the Steel Roses 96-36.