The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
by Jason Iapicco
Sky Blue FC opened up the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season by hosting the Western NY Flash and Abby Wambach. They took a WNY Own Goal off of a corner into halftime for a 1-0 lead. The second half saw more chances for Sky Blue, and also more physical play. The defense came up big and held off a Flash team that threw everything they had at them for a 1-0 victory.
Opening Day Crowd
The official attendance for Sky Blue’s first NWSL match was 2,611 . While it didn’t meet capacity (5,000) for the stadium on the campus of Rutgers, compared to Boston’s reported 2,634, Sky Blue drew about equally. The crowd was also very energetic, and made their presence known. Every corner kick for Sky Blue was accompanied by the stands literally shaking. Every missed shot was met by the usual “aww”s, and the crowd went nuts when Sky Blue got on the board. I would imagine as the season continues, and summer comes around, that Sky Blue can probably push close to, if not meet the 5,000 mark.
Abby Wambach’s Size
If you haven’t seen Abby Wambach play in person, you must, not just for the skill, but to understand the size difference she has over most players. She’s listed as 5’11” by the Flash, but compared to most players, she towers over them. On TV it’s hard to see, in person, even from the press box, it’s amazing to see the size advantage she has.
Defense Steps Up
The Sky Blue defense, more in the first half than second, played in “Bend Don’t Break” mode. They got better as the game progressed, and limited Western NY’s chances, even so much to make Abby Wambach seem almost invisible in the 2nd half. Brittany Cameroon has to have the Save of the Game for stopping a WNY PK in the first half.
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