China spoiled U.S. soccer legend Abby Wambach’s retirement match on Wednesday night at the Superdome, beating the American women’s national team 1-0.
Wang Shuan scored for a China in the 58th minute of the match, volleying a cross from the right from teammate Wang Shanshan. It appeared the Americans had saved the night in the 87th minute, but what had been a goal for substitute Lindsey Horan was waived off for what was deemed to be offsides.
The Americans played most of the match on China’s half of the pitch but were unable to net any of their shots. They also lost superstar striker Alex Morgan to an apparent hamstring injury in the first half, though China also lost a starter — Ren Guixin — to an injury early.
Before losing to China on Wednesday, the U.S. — who won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer — had not lost in 104 matches on home soil, winning 91 and drawing the rest.
Wednesday marked the end of Wambach’s career after 255 matches for the U.S. national team. She scored 184 goals, the most ever by a male or female international soccer player.
Wambach helped the U.S. win one World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals.
Wednesday also marked the end of a nine-match tour meant to celebrate the U.S.’s World Cup victory. The U.S. won seven matches and drew one while outscoring their opponents 40-2 before falling on Wednesday.
The Americans had beaten China 1-0 in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinals as well as 2-0 on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. But China exacted its revenge by spoiling what was Wambach’s final match after announcing in October that she was ending a 14-year career.
Further, the last time the U.S. had won the World Cup prior to this summer was after a 1999 final on home soil against China.
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