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Abby Wambach was born on June 2, 1980, in Rochester, New York. She was the youngest of seven children in her family.

She started basketball and soccer at Our Lady of Mercy High School but decided to put all her athletic energy into soccer at the university of Florida. She helped the Gators win the national championship as a freshman in 1998 and was even named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year twice.

She even set school career records with 96 goals, 49 assists, 24 game-winning goals and 10 hat tricks. In 2003 Abby Wambach even got named US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year, and achieved it again in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

In 2001 she got on the US national women's soccer team and helped them get a third-place finish at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. The team placed third again at the 2007 World Cup and she even got the Silver Shoe as the tournament's second leading-scorer.

Sadly, she missed the 2008 /lympics. due to a broken leg and a head injury. However, she was back in the game when she scored her 100th goal on July, 19, 2009 against Canada.

Not long after she helped beat Brazil in the quarter finals but then lose to Japan in the finals in the 2011 World Cup. In 2013 Wambach broke Hamm's all-time record for international career goals (158).

A couple of years later in 2015 she was part of the US Women's National Team that defeated Japan in the finals to win the World Cup. Next year she decided to retire after the United States played China in an exhibition game.

 

Carli Lloyd was born on July 16, 1082 in Delran Township, New Jersey. She started playing at an early age of 5. She developed more skills by practicing at her local field for hours. She went to Delran High School where she was twice named the girls' High School Player of the Year.

She also played for the Medford Strikers club team as a teenager and helped them win back-to-back state cups. After high school she attended Rutgers University. At college she was voted to the NSCAA All-America team three times.

Later, Lloyd was a member of the US junior national team but then she considered quitting the sport after being cut from the team. However she met with a coach named James Galanis who helped her with fitness and mental toughness. After all that training she was a member of the US womens national soccer team at the 2008 Olympics.

During the group stage she scored the only goal over Japan and then netted the game-winner in overtime vs Brazil to give the Americans the gold medal. Afterward, she was named Female Athlete of the Year.

In 2011 she joined the Atlanta Beat where she reunited with her old coach Galanis and even played in her second world cup but sadly lost to Japan in the finals.

A few years later she helped the US womens national team in the 2015 World Cup where she scored the lone goal in the quarterfinals against China and the first goal against Germany in the semi-finals.

She even surprised Japan in the finals when she did a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the game with a score of 5-2 in the end to give the US team its first World Cup title since 1999. At then end she even was honored with the Golden Ball as the top player of the tournament.

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