Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, and Her Teammates Open the 2014 Schedule Against Canada on Jan. 31 in Frisco, Texas, Live on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. CT
CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach finished second in the voting for 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year at the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, Switzerland, as Germany and new Portland Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer won the award. Brazilian legend Marta finished third.
Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who will face the U.S. Men’s National Team this summer at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second time.
Angerer’s honor marked the first time a goalkeeper has won the award. The voting for the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year consisted of 147 national team coaches, 146 national team captains and 88 media representatives from around the world. Angerer collected 612 points, ahead of Abby Wambach (539) and Marta (493). Each ballot allowed the coaches and captains to name their top three players, with a first-place nomination worth five points, and positions two and three rewarded with three points and one point, respectively.
Angerer led her country to the title at the UEFA Women’s Championship this past summer, saving two penalty kicks in the 1-0 championship game victory against Norway.
In 2013, Wambach once again led the WNT in scoring with 11 goals, four of which came on June 20 during a magical night at Red Bull Arena when she tied and then broke Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record in a span of 19 minutes in the first half. Wambach finished the year with six assists, tied for best on the team, and her world record for goals stands at 163 heading into the 2014 schedule.
Wambach scored in eight of 14 matches she played for the USA last year and finished second on the team in minutes with 989. In NWSL play, Wambach tied for second in goals with 11 and second in assists with eight while helping lead the Western New York Flash to the inaugural championship game after finishing atop the league during the regular season. She was named to the NWSL Best XI and won the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Award for an unprecedented sixth time.
Wambach and her teammates open their 2014 schedule on Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in a match that will be shown on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. CT. More than 15,000 tickets have been sold.
- In the voting for this award, Wambach has now has finished second in 2013, won in 2012 and finished third in 2011, the first time she was in the final three for the award. She finished fourth in the voting in 2004 and 2006, fifth in 2007, was one of the final 10 in 2009 and was fifth again in 2010.
- Wambach currently has 211 career caps, which puts her sixth on the all-time U.S. list.
- The two-time Olympic gold medalist won her six U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Awards in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- Silvia Neid of Germany won the FIFA Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer after leading her country to yet another European championship last summer.
- Jupp Heynckes, former coach of Bayern Munich, won the FIFA Coach of the Year for Men’s Soccer.