Report: Western New York Flash teammates get hitched in Hawaii
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • October 09, 2013 @ 10:24am
The Western New York Flash continue to buck the trend on traditional team relationships.
According to a TMZ report, U.S. soccer megastar Abby Wambach and Flash teammate Sarah Huffman were married on the Hawaiian island of Kauai this past weekend, surrounded and supported by a number of Wambach’s Olympic Gold Medal-winning teammates.
Previously, the Flash were recognized for supreme professionalism in handling dynamics of the marriage between head coach Aaran Lines and starting defender Alex Sahlen, and now the team is the first—by our research, at least—to boast a same-sex couple in the history of major professional sports.
The reported unity of the two Flash teammates epitomizes America’s embracing of same-sex marriage—cue Macklemore’s “Same Love”—that’s trickled down to professional sports, where it wasn’t long ago where athletes were commonly (and outspokenly) anti-gay.
Back in April, Keith Wagstaff of The Week published a fine timeline of various perspectives on same-sex relationships in sports, ranging from the evolution of Tim Hardaway’s views to the recent courage of the NBA’s Jason Collins and Major League Soccer’s Robbie Rogers.
We first stumbled upon news of the marriage from a since-deleted tweet by Flash and USWNT star Carli Lloyd, and even the Instagram image used by TMZ has been difficult to track down. The wedding was obviously a very private affair, so we’ll go into no further detail other than to say congratulations to the two newly-wed Western New York athletes.
The Flash finished as runners-up in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), falling to the Portland Timbers in the championship game. In front of her parents and siblings on June 20, however, Wambach passed legendary U.S. striker Mia Hamm for most goals in national team history, notching No. 160 before reflecting on the accomplishment the following morning.
Huffman, who was also Wambach’s teammate with MagicJack, started 11 matches and appeared in 14 in her first year with the Flash, adding an assist and showing steadiness as the season progressed. Wambach closed the season with a team-high 11 goals and eight assists.
(Internal photo courtesy of Instagram).