By RYAN TOLMICH
U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach is devoting her full attention to this summer’s World Cup.
The Western New York Flash announced on Wednesday that Wambach will not play professional club soccer in 2015 ahead of the upcoming tournament.
“I am so proud of our league and truly appreciate the support of (Flash owners) the Sahlens and the fans of Western New York,” Wambach said. “At this stage of my career, I know what I need to prepare mentally and physically for this summer. My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S.”
Wambach appeared in 29 matches and registered 17 goals and seven assists in two seasons with the Flash.
“While it’s difficult to lose a player like Abby, we are grateful for her contributions over the past two years, not only to the Flash but to the entire Rochester and Western New York soccer community,” Flash President Alex Sahlen said. “We want to wish Abby and the rest of the U.S. Women’s National Team the best of luck in the upcoming World Cup.”
As a national team player, Wambach would have seen a greatly reduced NWSL schedule regardless, as preparations for and participation in the World Cup is expected to cause USWNT players to miss large chunks of the NWSL season.
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