Wambach fractured the orbital bone below her left eye in a U.S. National team game against China on April 10th. Even though she has eyes on a World Cup title in 2015 and an Olympic gold in 2016, she won't stop playing hard in the here and now.
"If come Saturday, I have to put my head on the line to score a goal Saturday, you bet that I'm gonna do that for my team," Wambach said. "I don't know how to play soccer any other way. I think that as I get older, I hope to learn a little bit more and become smarter about some of those positions I can put myself in."
"She's the best forward and finisher... and a great leader for us on the field," said Wambach's teammate Brittany Taylor. "She's one of those players that is irreplaceable."
The leadership part caught the eye of her head coach.
"I made her captain this year because she has such a big impact in that locker room," head coach Aaran Lines said. "And (she makes) a huge impact on the field. I'm just glad she's out there."
The first home opponent for the Flash in 2014 will be the same team that played the last game at Sahlen's Stadium in 2013. The Portland Thorns beat WNY in the league final last season.
"We couldn't have a home opener against a better opponent," said Flash midfielder McCall Zerboni. "This is where the juice begins. To the schedule gods: thank you very much because this is the most hyped we can get for a game. "
Kickoff is 7pm Saturday. The Flash are 1-1 while Portland comes in 2-0-1.
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