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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The stadium was packed, the “Abby! Abby! Abby!” chanting fans were loud, and Abby Wambach felt everyone required an explanation because many had, after all, come to see her on Wednesday.
So at halftime of the Women’s Professional Soccer league game between Wambach’s magicJack and the Western New York Flash, the U.S. National team star took a microphone and headed to midfield to provide an apology as to why she _ the star of the day _ wasn’t playing.
“I hope I didn’t disappoint too many people tonight, but my body really needed a rest,” Wambach said. “Honestly, I’m humbled.”
Wambach didn’t play in what was supposed to be her first game back _ and in her native Rochester, no less _ three days after the U.S. lost the World Cup final to Japan in penalty kicks. And her presence even in a limited role _ sitting on the bench, waving to the crowd and signing autographs _ seemed enough for the WPS record-setting crowd of 15,404 on hand.
“I’ve lived interesting moments in the last 72 hours, planes, trains and automobiles, not much sleep,” she said. “Today was fantastic. Honestly, I’m at a loss for words. This is amazing.”
Weariness also played a factor.
She’s spent three days of non-stop travel, during which she conducted, by her count, some 500 interviews. That included a stint on “Late Show with David Letterman” on Tuesday night.
And if it wasn’t for the opportunity to enjoy a homecoming in Rochester _ where the 31-year-old has always been known and celebrated as “Abby” _ Wambach would’ve preferred curling up in the nearest bed for one long much-needed nap.
“We had a long road in Germany, and I have to take care of my body,” she said, rubbing her eyes. “In the end, I’m here. That’s saying a lot because this city means so much to me.”
Wambach _ along with goalie Hope Solo _ might have been the face of the U.S. team during the three-week long tournament in captivating the nation back home with her gritty head-first lunging style and clutch goal-scoring ability.
Earlier in the afternoon, more than 1,500 screaming fans packed a mall food court in suburban Rochester for a rally. And it was at around 2:30 p.m. _ five hours before game time _ when fans braved the plus-90-degree temperatures and began lining up at the gates at Sahlen’s Stadium.
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