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For Wambach, NWSL Championship has different home field advantage

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It might not be the final of the Women’s World Cup or the Olympic Games, but there’s one major bonus to the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League Championship match for Abby Wambach: It’s in her backyard.

It’s not just the home field advantage for the Western New York Flash either; the fact that they’ve kept their season-long routines and gone home and slept in their own beds each night this week. While speaking with the media, Wambach spoke about what Saturday’s championship match meant to her personally.

“The World Cup and the Olympics are the pinnacle, that’s the highlight and the biggest event we can be a part of. Right under that is the club championship game. These are the special moments I’ll look back on in my career.”

The thing about the World Cups and the Olympics is they haven’t been hosted yet in Rochester, N.Y. Expect the Wambach extended family to be in full force at Sahlen’s Stadium. After Wambach joked she was still looking for tickets, a journalist asked just how many she needed.

“I mean, forty people? Then twenty-two nieces and nephews? So I need 65 tickets.”

With early estimates for the gates tomorrow at 10,000, Wambach could have some legitimate competition on the seating front.


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