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"I’m just so proud of her," Hamm said. "Just watching those four goals, that’s what she is all about. She fights for the ball, she’s courageous and she never gives up. Her strength and perseverance is what makes her so great and it’s what defenders and opposing teams fear.
"From being her teammate early in her career, I know all she ever wanted to do was win, and she continues to do that. I’m just glad I got to share 158 with her. It was short, but it was fun."
After the record-setting goal, Wambach turned and ran a couple of steps in the direction of the U.S. bench, then stopped as Rapinoe jumped into her arms. The Rochester, N.Y., native was then mobbed by teammates on the field and those who streamed off the bench as the crowd of 18,961 at Red Bull Arena cheered wildly.
After the hugs, Wambach turned to the stands and blew a kiss toward her parents, Judy and Peter.
"My teammates know me super well, and at halftime they said: ‘You’re such an extremist. You are all or nothing. When you want to do something, you just go do it,’" Wambach said of getting the record. "I am very much like my father in that way."
Other than "perfect ball," Rapinoe quipped, the only thing she said after the goal was, "YESSSS!"
"I’m just so happy for her," Rapinoe said. "This was an amazing, amazing accomplishment in way less games, the way she has done it. It’s incredible to be a part of it."
Chants of "Ab-bee, Ab-bee, Ab-bee," cascaded through the stadium as officials got the ball and brought it to the U.S. bench.
The four goals in the friendly were the second-most by Wambach in an international game, and will allow the spotlight that has followed her in her chase of Hamm’s record to finally dissolve.
Her first goal Thursday came on a shot in the box past South Korean goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi in the 10th minute. The second came nine minutes later on a flicking header.
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