Nadine Angerer already knew how it felt to play a pivotal individual role in a major international triumph. Back in 2007 the keeper with nerves of steel was Germany’s undisputed hero in the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in China as she produced a scintillating display against Brazil and saved a Marta penalty. The Germans won 2–0 to seal a second straight Women’s World Cup success, not least due to Angerer conceding no goals at all in her country’s six matches at the finals.
Reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Abby Wambach showed no signs of letting up during 2013. The Rochester, New York native enjoyed a year closer to home playing for Western New York Flash in the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Wambach led Flash to the NWSL final where they were ultimately bested by Portland Thorns 2-0, but the prolific scorer struck for 11 goals in 19 games, taking second place in the NWSL scoring charts. On the international level, Wambach reached a massive milestone on 20 June when she struck four times against Korea Republic to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record in women’s international football of 158 goals. With Wambach still scoring at will for USA, it seems her recently reached record is likely to stand for some time to come.