USA’s Abby Wambach Voted World’s Best Player

ZURICH (AP) — Abby Wambach has been voted FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, becoming the first American to win the award in a decade.

Pia Sundhage was voted top women’s coach after leading Wambach and the U.S. team to the gold medal at last summer’s London Olympics.

The 32-year-old Wambach joined Mia Hamm in 2001 and 2002 as the only Americans to win the award. She edged teammate 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.

She scored five goals in London as the U.S. won its third straight Olympic title. She has 152 international goals, six shy of Hamm’s record.

Voting was by national team coaches and captains around the world, and invited media.

Source: Graham Dunbar, Associated Press