Of the team's turnaround, Wambach noted, "Early on in the season it was difficult to get everyone on the same page.Mia was out, we had just started playing with the Chinese players, Steffi hadn't come yet.One of the first experiences where I knew she'd be better than most, was a game of catch football. I don't think he was ready to get blasted." While playing in her first youth soccer league at age five, she was transferred from the girls' team to the boys' after scoring 27 goals in only three games.
Since people have returned, and we have been able to grasp what exactly one another was doing out there, it's been easier to get results." Wambach assisted on Hamm's 64th-minute goal, the team's second goal, after the Courage's Danielle Fotopoulos scored an own goal in the 31st minute; however, it was not enough to equalize Carolina's three goals.
Following her senior season, Wambach was named to Parade Magazine's High School All-America Team.
She was also voted national high school player of the year by Umbro and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Wambach competed in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments: 2003 in the United States, 2007 in China, 2011 in Germany, and 2015 in Canada, being champion of the last edition; and two Olympics tournaments: 2004 in Athens and 2012 in London, winning the gold medal on both.
All together, she played in 29 matches and scored 22 goals at these five international tournaments.