in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.
U.S. soccer player Abby Wambach embraces her wife Sarah Huffman at FIFA Women's World Cup final at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, on July 5, 2015 Kevin C. Cox—Getty Images

Abby Wambach Kissing Her Wife After Winning the World Cup Will Warm Your Heart

Jul 06, 2015

Among the many happy images to come out of the July 5 USA win over Japan in the women's soccer World Cup final is that of Abby Wambach running to the sidelines to kiss her wife Sarah Huffman in celebration.

Wambach was playing in her fourth (and probably last) World Cup.

The two have been married since 2013, but that bond was not legally recognized in all 50 states until the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage on June 26.

It was an especially powerful moment for Wambach, 35, who holds the record for international goals but who many speculate will retire after a long, successful career.

She has been open about how devastating it would be to have to retire without a World Cup win and took emotional and physical risks to make the championship a reality.

“It’s like love,” she told the New York Times on July 5.

Twitter, at least, saw the moment as a dual victory, and all the sweeter for it, with many fans expressing their approval and realization of the moment's symbolic importance.

Lauren Holiday #12 and Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrate with teammates after Lloyd scores her second goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd celebrate with teammates after Lloyd scores her second goal against Japan in the final match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015.Rich Lam—Getty Images
Lauren Holiday #12 and Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrate with teammates after Lloyd scores her second goal against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Carli Lloyd of the United States celebrates her second goal of the first half with teammates during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Final match between USA and Japan in Vancouver, on 05 July 2015.
Finals - USA vs Japan
Japan's goalkeeper Kaihori Ayumi fails to hold the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 final match between USA and Japan, at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, 05 July 2015. The USA won the match.
Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; United States midfielder Tobin Heath (17) celebrates with midfielder Morgan Brian (14) after scoring against Japan during the second half of the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
United States' Heather O'Reilly, right, hugs Megan Rapinoe (15) after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05: Fans cheer in the second half between the United States and Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
USA midfielder Tobin Heath (C) celebrates her goal during the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Jul 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; United States midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after defeating Japan in the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium. United States won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Abby Wambach of the United States celebrates the 5-2 victory against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Alex Morgan of the United States celebrates the 5-2 victory against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The United States Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05: Abby Wambach #20 of the United States celebrates the 5-2 victory against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd celebrate with teammates after Lloyd scores her second goal against Japan in the final ma
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