You Should Watch This Historic Abby Wambach Moment
In just the first 16 minutes of the Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan, Carli Lloyd, midfielder for the U.S., scored three goals. In the end, the U.S. won 5-2 and became the first team to have won the tournament three times, according to The New York Times. But the first 16 minutes weren't the only historic moments. Abby Wambach is international soccer's leading career scorer — out of both men and women — with 183 goals, but she had never won a World Cup. After the win, she ran to the sidelines to her wife, Sarah Huffman, and gave her a beautiful kiss. You can watch Wambach and Huffman's World Cup kiss below, in a moment that celebrates the U.S. team's win and the momentous achievements for LGBT rights over the last month.
Wambach, who's 35, said this world cup would probably be her last, so this was her final chance to win the coveted title and finish off an amazing career. Wambach, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, watched most of the World Cup final from the sidelines, according to CNN. When she did come on the field in the 79th minute of the game as a substitute, U.S. fans started chanting her name. Wambach has been called the "soul" of the team, so as the clock counted up to 90, Lloyd gave Wambach her captain's armband. She said felt like she was "in a dream" while watching Lloyd's three goals, according to the Daily Mail:
I would give up all my individual awards for what we just did tonight and it's the truth. It's the wholehearted truth.
I would say Wambach had a pretty amazing night, career-wise. And then came the kiss between her and Huffman that stood for all of her hard work as a player, but for fans, it also stood for the fight for LGBT rights throughout the U.S. and the world. Wambach and Huffman were married in Hawaii in 2013, according to CNN. Many excited fans tweeted photos of the couple's kiss with the hashtag #LoveWins, according to CNN. The Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex couples in all 50 states have a constitutional right to marry. The decision sparked celebrations and some of the largest pride parades in history. Not only did the U.S. win the World Cup with quite a history-making game, but Wambach and Huffman's kiss sealed the last month's historic celebrations for equality and love. Watch the video below.
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