US celebrates Wambach's final game, but falls 1-0 to China

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0 on Wednesday night to hand the Americans their first loss on home soil in more than a decade.

Wambach played 72 minutes, managing two threatening headers and a shot from inside the penalty area before subbing out of a match for the final time.

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The career leader in international play - for men and women, with 184 goals- kicked off her cleats and hugged each teammate on the field before walking to the bench, smiling, to embrace her coaches and remaining teammates as the crowd chanted her name.


China scored in the 58th minute, when forward Wang Shuang volleyed in a bounding cross from Wang Shanshan,

The U.S. had gone 104 home games without losing since falling 3-1 to Denmark in 2004.

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