Wambach was allocated to the Western New York Flash Friday afternoon, who will begin play in the new National Women's Soccer League this spring. She was one of 55 national team players from the U.S., Canada and Mexico who were assigned.
Carli Lloyd is other U.S. Women's National Team player who will be part of the Flash. In addition, the Flash were allocated Bryana McCarthy and Jodi-Ann Robinson from Canada along with Mexican players Veronica Perez and Pamela Tajonar.
The allocation process was conducted with assistance from a panel of experts familiar with the player
pools, including individuals from the collegiate level, recent professional and semi-professional clubs,
and the youth and senior national team level in North America.
Western New York was the only team in eight franchise league to receive only two American team players. Players submitted a list of places they would like to end up and teams did the same. Each NWSL team was required to rank each of the 23 American players in order of desirability. An "expert panel" from across all levels of soccer then assigned each player.
"This is always a difficult process," said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. "But we believe there was a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams and with the NWSL College Draft coming up in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, the rosters of the clubs will really start to take shape."
A schedule and start date for the league has not been announced, but the Flash are already selling tickets. To purchase, click here.