Updated 02/24/2013 09:58 PM
Abby Honored at Lancers Game
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Fans who have followed Abby Wambach's career on the international field can now watch her play in person.
"It's great that she's playing for a hometown team, dream come true for her," said Donnell Evans, soccer fan.
Starting in April, Wambach will play for the Western New York Flash in the National Women's Soccer League.
"It puts me in the community and gives me more opportunities to be involved and make a big difference in a smaller town," said Abby Wambach, WNY Flash Forward.
Wambach was the celebrity captain at Sunday's Lancer's game; her first public appearance since winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
"I couldn't do it by myself. Lebron needs Dwayne Wade, Abby Wambach, she needs Alex Morgan on the field to be good," said Wambach.
Hundreds of fans waited in line all afternoon for autographs and pictures with the Olympic champion.
It's really cool, she's like so courageous and I'd love to be a forward, it's just so cool to see her in person," said some young soccer players.
"We love soccer in this area, we love the Lancers, season ticket holders this year and next year," said Terri & Jeff Douglas.
Younger female soccer players are mesmerized by her fearless moves on the field.
"I'll be excited to lift that trophy at the end of the summer," said Wambach.
"I know a lot of girls are afraid to head the ball and just seeing her out there I feel like a lot of girls are more apt now to head the ball into the net," said Robin Hirliman, Abby Fan.
Wambach admittedly prefers warmer weather, but felt the Flash would have a better chance of surviving if she came back to play.
"Women deserve to play pro soccer and this community I know will show up not just because I'm here but because it's the right thing to do," said Abby.
Wambach intends to play for a chance at the 2015 World Cup.
She may be an international icon, but for now, the gold medalist says her focus is on Western New York.