She is the record holder of the USWNT with over 350 caps. She had more than 125 goals, and over 105 assists – both of them are top-three totals. Also, she wore the armband of the captain late in her career.
Yet, her brightest moment was indeed a save.
During the 1999 World Cup (WC) final’s sudden-death extra time, she headed off the line for ultimately keeping the U.S. alive. Her team, in the end, won in penalty kicks―plus, yes, she hammered home one of those.
3. Abby Wambach
Among more than 180 goals she scored, she used her head over 75 times. Unforgettably, the player saved the U.S. from their earliest WC exit with one 122nd-minute equalizer against rival Brazil in the tournament’s quarterfinals in 2011.
And it sparked one considerable surge in the sport’s following.
She participated in four WC and two Olympics, scoring over 22 times in more than 30 appearances. She won the FIFA World Player in 2012 and is one member of the Hall of Fame class in 2019.
2. Michelle Akers
She set one still-standing record with ten goals in 1991 at the inaugural WC. During the final, Akers scored both goals in two vs. one triumph over Norway.
The player appeared in over 150 games for her country, totaling more than 105 goals and over 35 assists while playing as one forward and midfielder.
She, in 1994, was diagnosed with her fatigue syndrome. Reportedly, she changed her diet as well as hydrating more, which let her become a key contributor to the 1996 Olympic goal medal of the Americans and 1999 WC victory.
In 2000, she retired as well as being remembered for her production and diverse skill set.
She was an iconic warrior, according to former USWNT head coach.