Abby Wambach walked off the field for the final time like a rock star — mic drop and all.
It sounded as if she was ready to party like one, too.
She wasn't able to leave with a victory in her final game with the U.S. national team. China's 1-0 victory on Wednesday night — the U.S. team's first home loss in more than a decade — wasn't going to diminish the triumphant nature of Wambach's extraordinary career.
"Tonight is a celebration," Wambach asserted. "The result, obviously, is annoying. 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."
Wambach said her teammates apologized profusely to her afterward, but she told them, "There's nothing to be sorry about. Today wasn't about getting a result."