At the age of 33, it is reasonable to surmise that the all-time leading goalscorer in professional women’s soccer and 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year will hang up her boots at the end of the 2015 women’s world cup.
Since receiving her first cap in 2003, Wambach has scored 163 goals in 212 games. She has been particularly prolific in big tournaments, scoring 13 goals in 18 world cup games and nine goals in 11 Olympic tournament games.
With the clock winding down on Wambach’s career, there are four forwards ready to accept the legend’s duties.
It makes sense that we start off with Wambach’s partner in crime: Alex Morgan. Standing at an impressive 5 foot 8 inches, Morgan, 24, terrorizes opposing defenders with her blistering pace, well-coordinated foot work and precise finishing.
Even though Morgan was not as dangerous in 2013, as she has been in previous years, she still managed to feature in 12 games and scored 6 goals. Since her March 31, 2010 debut against Mexico, Morgan has racked up 70 appearances and 44 goals.
Not long ago, Morgan was voted into the USWNT all-time best eleven.
Next up we have 23-years-old Canadian-American, Sydney Leroux. Leroux, just like Morgan, is fast, skillful and her finishing is second to none. But unlike Morgan, Leroux is not quite ready to be the number one forward on the roster.
The powerful forward had a dream year in 2013. She featured in 15 games, started nine, scored 10 goals and setup four goals.
The last two forwards we examine play in Europe and were rookies on the team this year. Christen Press, 24, plays for Tyreso FF in Sweden, while Lindsey Horan,19, is turning heads at PSG.
Press is what you could call a late bloomer. The Los Angeles native became a professional in 2009, when she led Pali Blues to the W-League championship. She was named as an alternative for the 2012 London Olympics, but didn’t feature in a game.
In 2013, she finally got her chance, and never looked back. She played 554 minutes, scored 8 goals and created two goals for the national team.
Lindsey Horan is the future of USWNT. Even though she appeared in two games off the bench and created one goal in 2013, she possesses an excellent footballing brain. According to www.psg.fr, Horan scored 20 goals in 25 games during the 2012/2013 season. Playing against the best players France has to offer, Horan should develop into a prolific striker.
With these weapons at Tom Sermanni’s disposal, USWNT fans should be elated with what the future holds for the team.