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Abby Wambach in Rochester on Sunday

Posted at: 02/24/2013 11:00 AM
Updated at: 02/24/2013 7:16 PM
By: Justin Granit

Soccer star and Pittsford native Abby Wambach is in Rochester Sunday to serve as honorary captain at the Lancers game.

The indoor soccer team honored Wambach at the Blue Cross Arena.

Wambach was chosen as FIFA Player of the Year in January. This is the first time she has been in the area since receiving that award.

Sunday is the first of many trips to Rochester for Wambach. In January, she was also assigned to be a member of the Western New York Flash. The Flash play its home games at Sahlen's Stadium.

Wambach says she's looking forward to being around her friends and family and added she can't wait for the snow to melt.

Before Sunday's game Wambach signed autographs with fans and took part in the ceremonial kickoff. She also gave a halftime speech to the crowd.

In the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League Wambach will play for her hometown team. She said it was important she plays for the Flash because each team needs a face for this league to become sustainable.

"I'm just excited to be back home playing in front of my actual home crowd that's going to be cheering for my team, you know. Before it was like cheering for just me and then the Flash. Now it's all put together and, you know I think it's going to be exciting. It's going to be a great summer. We want this league to really do well. These next couple of years are really important getting it off the ground, up and running," said Wombach.

There are 49 days before the Western New York Flash season opener.