Abby Wambach suffered a hit to the head in this weekend's game and is hoping to be fully recovered for the WNY Flash home opener Saturday night. Her impact will be felt whether she can play or not. Don Heins was with the soccer star on Monday.
"There's nothing better. Nothing I can be more excited about than playing in front of my family and high school friends."
Abby Wambach's been to her hometown as a visitor, as the main attraction on the U.S. National Team, and now takes the field at Sahlen's Stadium as a member of her hometown Flash.
"I want to give this league the best chance to survive, and in putting myself into this community, not only will that help this community and grow the sport here, but it will make the team really competitive here. I think that's, at the end of the day, the most important thing for a new league. You have to make the games fun and entertaining," Wambach said.
"People have a lot of pride in her, and they should. She's a tremendous person and player, and they should realize how tremendous it is that these are her roots. This is where she grew up and became everything she is, and now she's conquering the universe," said midfielder McCall Zerboni.
Wambach's arrival in Rochester does come with a bit of uncertainty. She had to leave the Flash game last Saturday after being hit in the head, and has been unable to practice so far, but is still hopeful to play in the home opener this coming Saturday.
"Right now, I'm day to day, and taking it easy. It's not a muscle tear. This is your brain we are talking about. We are taking as many precautions as we possibly can and I look forward to Saturday," said Wambach.
That's when she hopes to be on the field - in the Flash home opener against Boston.