[WPS] The Western New York Flash drew a record WPS crowd of 15,404 fans at Sahlen's Stadium for the homecoming of Rochester, N.Y., native Abby Wambach with magicJack, and they didn't go home disappointed. No, Wambach didn't play, but the Flash triumphed, 3-1. While all of the other U.S. World Cup stars except Alex Morgan didn't play, Christine Sinclair, who just returned from her third World Cup with Canada, stole the show, with two goals and an assist.
The crowd was also the largest for a soccer game in Rochester since the NASL Lancers played Pele's Cosmos in 1977 and drew 20,000 at Holleder Stadium.
“You would have thought we won,” said Wambach, whose family owns a garden center in nearby Pittsford.
Wambach returned to New York on Monday, did "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday and attended a rally in Rochester on Wednesday afternoon.
Four World Cup players started for the Flash -- Brazilian Marta, Canadian Candace Chapman, New Zealand international Ali Riley and Sinclair -- while three started for magicJack -- U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn, Canadian Sophie Schmidt and Australian Lisa Da Vanna.
Morgan came on for Sinclair late in the game and had several chances to score. Wambach, Hope Solo, Christie Rampone and Megan Rapinoe didn't play for magicJack.
July 20 in Rochester, N.Y.
Western NY 3 magicJack 1. Goals: Sinclair 9, 51, Zerboni 70; Masar 41.
Western NY --Harris, Riley, Chapman, Engen, Moros, Zerboni (Wilson, 78), Sinclair (Morgan, 72), Edwards, Averbuch (Goebel, 46), Bock, Marta.
magicJack --Loyden, Ellertson, Sauerbrunn, Marshall, Dalmy, Schmidt, Huffman (Vandenberg, 80), Washington, Da Vanna (Rasmussen, 60), Press, Masar.