December 16, 2015
Wambach's U.S. career ends with loss to China PR
NEW ORLEANS - China PR put a damper on Abby Wambach's retirement celebration, defeating the US Women's National Team 1-0 Wednesday in front of a record crowd of 32,950 at the Superdome.
|Abby Wambach closed out her WNT career with Wednesday's 1-0 loss to China PR.
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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.
The loss snapped an epic 104-match home unbeaten streak for the US Women, who had not dropped a match at home since November 6, 2004.
The U.S. controlled possession from the start, and tried mightily to get Wambach a goal on her final night. While the legend had a few chances, she and the team came up empty.
China, meanwhile, capitalized on a rare opportunity, burying a goal against the run of play in the 58th minute. Wang Shanshan controlled the ball on the right flank and drove toward the end line. Near the corner, she sent a long cross to Wang Shuang, who hit a volley that deflected off Meghan Klingenberg and into the right corner.
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.