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Abby Wambach

After White House celebration, Abby Wambach retires

Abby Wambach is leaving her game just the way she wanted to — as a champion.

The leading career scorer — male or female — in international soccer, Wambach announced her retirement on Tuesday shortly after the U.S. national team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory at the White House.

Wambach, 35, said before the World Cup this summer in Canada that she wanted to cap her 15-year career with the game's most prestigious championship.

She got her wish. The United States claimed its third overall World Cup title, and first since 1999, with a 5-2 victory over Japan.

The prolific scorer, named the 2012 FIFA Player of the Year, has 184 goals in...