Thousands expected to welcome home USA World Cup players at MagicJack game at FAU

Fans and FAU excited to welcome USA soccer girls

BOCA RATON, Fla. - It's hard to forget the heartbreaking loss for the American women in the World Cup just a few weeks back.

Seven members of team USA play professionally right here in Palm Beach County for the Boca Raton based MagicJack, including star forward Abby Wambach.

Thousands came out to FAU, where the team plays, to get a glimpse and welcome home the Silver medalists for the first time since the Gold medal game.

FAU Athletics officials say they knew this MagicJack game was coming to their home soccer stadium since the beginning of the season, but many people didn't even know the team was there.

11-year-old Catherine Parnell said she was one of them and so was her 8-year-old brother and sister, who play soccer.

Though the Parnell siblings didn't know there was a team they all said they're excited to watch one player most of all, Abby Wambach.

"Well I am excited to see Abby Wambach because I met her yesterday (Tuesday) at the mall ," Parnell said.

While it may be a surprise to many fans, FAU Assistant Athletic Director Mitch Silverman said it wasn't to the host school.

"We're excited," he said. "Not a surprise to us, we knew this since game one."

Because they knew the game was going to be big, they brought in extra bleachers for the large crowd. They expect to be more than 3,000 people.

"It has to be people keep calling and coming up," Silverman said. "We keep adding and adding."

Vendors like Kate Fyfe were also adding more food and drinks to their tents outside the field.

"We normally have one, and it gets busy during halftime," Fyfe said. "But tonight we'll have two so hopefully we can handle the large crowd."

For FAU, they just hope these crowds continue to pack these bleachers through the end of the season. The Parnell's said they'll be one of the families that keeps coming.

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