Posted January 07, 2013 on AP on Fox

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JULY 12: Abby Wambach of the US Women's Soccer team looks on during practice on the eve of their match with Brazil at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 12, 2008 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
United States forward Abby Wambach has been named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, adding the game's biggest individual prize to her London Olympics gold medal. Wambach is the first American to be voted the world's best since Mia Hamm won the 2002 women's award. The 32-year-old Wambach edged her national team strike partner Alex Morgan and five-time winner Marta of Brazil in the voting. Wambach received the trophy from teammate Hope Solo at FIFA's annual ceremony celebrating world football. She scored five times at the London Games as the U.S. won its third straight Olympic title. Wambach's career total of 152 international goals is closing in on Hamm's world record of 158. Voting was by national team coaches and captains around the world, and invited media.
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