Germany was clearly the place to be this summer, but if there was one place to take in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup within the United States, Rochester, N.Y., of all places, was not a bad option.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach hails from Pittsford, a Rochester suburb, and the entire city and region showered her with praise following her heroic Women’s World Cup performance. From the USA-Japan final watch party at the Back Nine Grill, owned by Wambach’s brother, Matt, to Wambach’s homecoming appearance at the Eastview Mall and to Sahlen’s Stadium.
On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 15,404 fans and over 40 members of the media from as far as Japan turned up at Sahlen’s Stadium for the magicJack-Western New York Flash game. It capped off a pretty wild 10 day span that saw Wambach appear on the cover of the city newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle, over a dozen times. Seeing was believing, but hopefully the video below gives a taste of just how soccer crazy this city went for Wambach and the U.S. Women’s National Team:
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