Who’s the bigger star in US Soccer: Abby Wambach or Landon Donovan? If their top plays have anything to say about it, Abby has the edge.
Wambach’s dramatic goal against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup beat out Donovan’s historic strike against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup to win Best Moment of the Best of US Soccer: #100Years Edition.
More than 10,000 fans voted on the final pairing, trimmed down in a 64-moment bracket-style competition, US Soccer said.
Wambach’s 122nd-minute header off a Megan Rapinoe cross that pulled the US even at 2-2 at the end of extra time - which at the time was the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition - proved to be too much for Donovan to overcome. The USWNT eventually won the match in penalties before losing in the final to Japan.
Donovan’s goal – a stoppage time winner against Algeria that rescued the US’ World Cup hopes and sent them to the knockout round – was voted hands down the top moment for the men’s squad. Watch the game highlights here.
US Soccer will also announce the results of its All-Time Best XI for the women's team on Thursday and on Friday for the men’s.