United States' Abby Wambach finishes behind Japan's Homare Sawa in FIFA World Women's Player of the Year voting

The U.S. forward was nominated for the honor along side Sawa and Brazil's Marta for the individual honor.
United States women's team forward Abby Wambach finished behind Japan's Homare Sawa in FIFA Women's World Player of the Year voting.

Wambach, who led the U.S. team to the World Cup final in Germany, was nominated alongside Sawa and Brazil's Marta for the highest individual honor in women's soccer.

The U.S. women's team finished second during last summer's World Cup following a shocking defeat to Sawa and Japan in the final. Wambach's equalizer in extra time against Marta's Brazil in the quarterfinals pushed the Americans to semis, where they defeated France.

Wambach scored four goals in Germany to give her a total of 13 in World Cup play. She ranks third on the all-time World Cup scoring list behind Marta and Germany striker Birgit Prinz.

The 31-year-old won the to the AP Female Athlete of the Year award last month, becoming the first individual soccer player - man or woman - to win one of the AP's annual sports awards.

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