Having played in two leagues that folded, Abby Wambach wants the new eight-team women's U.S. soccer circuit to be part of her legacy.
The newly crowned FIFA Women's Player of the Year will play for the Western New York Flash in the National Women's Soccer League, one of eight teams that will start play this spring. It succeeds the U.S. Women's United Soccer Association (2001-03) and Women's Professional Soccer (2010-12).
''I took it as a responsibility and a failure on my part that the last previous leagues didn't succeed,'' she said during a telephone conference call Monday.
Wambach played for the Washington Freedom in the previous leagues. Even though the 32-year-old forward bought a house last June in Portland, Ore., she decided moving back near home was important. She will be based in Buffalo, N.Y., about 70 miles from her hometown of Rochester.
''It was the right choice for me and for the league,'' she said. ''Of course I would love to have been in Portland, but I really do...