Wambach to play for hometown Flash

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. women’s national soccer team star Abby Wambach’s dream of playing in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., is finally coming true.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year is coming home after her rights were allocated on Friday to the Western New York Flash of the newly established eight-team National Women’s Soccer League.

The Flash are based outside of Buffalo, and play their home games in Rochester. They were formerly a member of the now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer league.

A five-time U.S. Soccer Player of the year, Wambach’s 152 international goals rank second on the U.S. team list.

Wambach has been a popular draw in Rochester. In 2011, Wambach and the WPS magicJack drew a crowd of 15,000 for a game against the Flash.

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