Abby Wambach is a retired soccer player and coach from America. She is popularly known as a champion in the FIFA Women’s world cup. She has twice won the Olympic gold medal. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography and the net worth of Abby Wambach in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Her names are Mary Abigail Wambach, born in New York, the U.S on June 2, 1980. Her parents were Judy Wambach and Pete Wambach. She was the youngest of seven siblings, four brothers, and two sisters. She began playing soccer at an early age of four when her sister decided to try on the sport. Their mother bought them a book that explained how the game is played.
She acquired her early education at Our Lady of Mercy High School which was located in Rochester from 1994 until 1998. Abby used to be a soccer player as well as a basketball player. While she was still in high school, she scored a total of 142 goals. She joined the University of Florida on a scholarship program.
Abby is a bisexual, and she married Sarah Huffman, who was her longtime girlfriend in 2013. The two did not stay married for long, and Wambach announced their divorce in September 2016. Later the same year, Abby confirmed that she was in another relationship with Glennon Doyle Melton, who was an author. They tied the knot in 2017.
Abby has three children from Glennon’s marriage to ex-husband Craig, two girls, and a boy. She always confesses her dedication to her daughters, and she coaches them to become soccer players. Her life has not been all smooth, and she admitted to having struggled with drug addiction at some point. She was arrested in April 2016 for driving while intoxicated.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
Abby’s career started while she was in high school. She furthered her career at the University of Florida where she set records in the goals scored as well as in the hat tricks used. She played for teams like Western New York Flash, Magic Jack, and Washington Freedom.
She joined the national team in 2001. She holds the record for the national team’s highest scorer with a total of 182 goals. She has appeared in 4 world cup championships and 2 Olympic championships. In the 2011 world cup match against Brazil, she scored a goal that is considered the best in her career.
Abby won the US Soccer Athlete of the year six times in the span of her career. She was also included in the ‘100 Most Influential People’ list in 2015. In 2012, she was named the FIFA World Player of the Year.
Net Worth & Earnings
The retired soccer player has a net worth of $5.5 million. Part of this wealth is from her career as a soccer player. She also earns a significant amount of money from her coaching. Apart from that, she has had several endorsements deals with big companies. All this amounts to her impressive net worth.
Abby Wambach is known worldwide for her amazing skills and tactics in the pitch. She, however, fell into drug addiction at some point but she managed to rise again. Wambach is a kind-hearted person as she is actively involved in charity work. Although she is retired, she left an impressive mark in soccer.