With the news last week that Rochester native and hometown hero, Abby Wambach would be returning to our area to play for the Western New York Flash of the new National Women’s Soccer League, Rochester Senator Joe Robach offered his support to Abby, the Flash and the sport of soccer in Rochester and Monroe County. The news of Wambach’s return to Rochester capped a very memorable week for her, on Monday she was awarded with the Ballon d’Or award as FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Wambach is a native of Pittsford and his a 1998 graduate of Mercy High School.
Joining Wambach on the WNY Flash from the United States Olympic Team is Carli Llyod, who scored 15 goals for the national team last season. Also allocated from the Canadian National team were midfielder Jodi-Ann Robinson, who played last year for WNY, and defender Bryana McCarthy and from the Mexican National team, Veronica Raquel Perez, a midfielder, and goalie Pamela Tajonar Alonso. She played keeper for the Flash in 2010.
The Flash who are based in Buffalo, but play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium in the City of Rochester will be members of the National Women’s Soccer League, joining the Portland (Oregon) Thorns, Washington Spirit, Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign, and Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ area),