On Wednesday, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced U.S. Women’s National Team and Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach as its 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.
Wambach collects her unprecedented sixth Female Athlete of the Year award, and third in the past four years, passing Mia Hamm who was honored for five consecutive years from 1994-1998. Wambach has now won the award in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, led the USA in scoring this year with 11 goals and tied for the team lead in assists with six.
In addition, Wambach finished second in the NWSL in both goals and assists (11 and 8, respectively) and helped lead her hometown Western New York Flash into the inaugural championship game.
The highlight of Wambach’s year came on June 20 against Korea Republic in front of almost 19,000 people at Red Bull Arena. She scored four times in the opening half to push her goal total to 160 (breaking Hamm’s record of 158). Wambach is once again on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award is the highest honor awarded to soccer players in the United States. Online votes registered on ussoccer.com counted for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including National Team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.