May 7, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT
Roll the red carpet out, Abby Wambach is hitting the big screen.
The USWNT superstar is certainly no stranger to stardom, but fame of a different kind will now be surrounding Wambach.
That’s because ESPN films will be releasing a new documentary, “Abby Head On”, which tells Wambach’s story from high school star to one of the most prolific female goalscorers to ever play the game. The film will be aired on Wednesday, May 15 (8 pm ET on ESPNU).
The documentary is directed by Emmy award winners Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby and narrated by NFL Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood. So you just know it’s going to be a belter.
Get the popcorn ready.
But with the NWSL season in full-flow, how has Wambach been fairing?
Her Western New York Flash side are finding their feet in league action, despite controversy surrounding Wambach.
A concussion scare and the handling of the whole affair by WNY Flash was criticized by many. But like any young league, lessons will be learned from this and fingers crossed it seems like Wambach hasn’t suffered any long-term problems after getting hit in the face with a ball. She returned to action last Wednesday.
Wambach and the USWNT have a busy schedule this summer, with three huge games next month against Canada on June 2 in Toronto and a double-header versus South Korea at Gillete Stadium on June 15 then at Red Bull Arena on June 20.
These games present the opportunity for Wambach to break Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals for the USWNT, with Wambach currently on 155 goals. Four goals against Canada to break the record would certainly be something special… and don’t put it past her.
After covering the USWNT at the London 2012 Olympics, I could see up close the intensity levels and dedication that goes into Wambach’s game and that of her teammates. She is an incredible athlete and deserves to be mentioned alongside the worlds biggest names in soccer.
For Wambach the fairytale ending for her blockbuster career would be breaking the goals record in just 207 games. Hamm took 275 games to reach 158 goals.
So sit back relax and enjoy the enthralling action, on and off the screen, as Wambach is ready to cement her mantle as the greatest ever female soccer player.
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