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Abby Wambach to Retire From Soccer at End of 2015

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Abby Wambach, left, and the United States women’s national team visited President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.

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Abby Wambach, the leading scorer in international soccer history and the 2012 world player of the year, will retire after the United States women’s national team ends its World Cup victory tour in December.

Wambach, 35, made 252 appearances for the United States in a 15-year international career, playing in four World Cups and scoring 184 goals — by far the most for any men’s or women’s player. She is expected to add to both totals before the end of the year; Wambach will be with the United States for the four December matches of its current tour. Her final game will be a Dec. 16 match against China in New Orleans.

“After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I’ve decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end,” Wambach said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer….

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