Abby Wambach Plays in Final Soccer Match for Team USA

Wambach got a standing ovation after her 255th international appearance in the U.S. women's national team's loss to China Wednesday night.
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What a night for women's soccer. Celebrating the great. Abby Wambach as she played her last game for team usa, T.J. Holmes is here with that and, T.J., whoo, so much emotion last night. 33,000 in that stadium. Everybody crying. This is what I need you to do, forget Abby Wambach per her instructions, forget her name, her number, her accomplishments. She said for it to move forward, the game of soccer, you got to stop looking back. Forget you, Abby, that's an awful lot to ask. Tonight, she plays her final game for the United States. Reporter: Overnight an emotional farewell for a legend. Abby Wambach wearing the captain's arm band playing a tough 71 minutes for team usa. Final time for Abby Wambach. In a usa uniform. Reporter: Before removing her cleats on the field. A standing ovation for number 20's 255th international appearance and the U.S. National team's heartbreaking loss against China Wednesday night. The streak is over. It would be better if we had won, but the reality is I played in so many games this result doesn't shape or determine or define my career. Reporter: Tweeting this good-bye message Wednesday. Forget me. Forget my number. Forget my name. Reporter: The sentiment echoed in this simple message. I want to leave a legacy where the ball keeps rolling forward. Reporter: The 35-year-old's stellar international career spanning 14 years. History is made. Reporter: The world's leading scorer for both men and women with 184 international goals. Abby Wambach has saved the usa's life. Reporter: Two olympic gold medals. And there's one. Reporter: And who can forget that 2015 world cup title. If all of yourselves to whatever you want to do in your life as a passion. I love you guys so much. Reporter: Yeah, and her point there, George, robin, is that we want to see the game of soccer. U.s. Soccer doing so well that we don't even remember the name. We're nottying to talk about Abby Wambach, but good luck with that. Yeah. Yeah. We're not going to forget. Makes us want to talk about her all the more with that humility. It's so genuine. Always about the game, not herself. Even when the whole team was together in times square and had a great celebration at city hall it was the first time a women's sports team had been recognized like that and kept putting all the attention on the sport, on little girls and boys and not herself. Not surprising at all. She set the bar high. If you would like to know more about her and you should our good friends at espnw.com. More and more about Abby there. A great story.

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