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August 30, 2013

Wambach vs Morgan in NWSL championship game

NEW YORK (AP) — Abby Wambach vs. Alex Morgan in the championship game plays to script.

Scoring sensation Morgan of the Portland Thorns is expected to compete in the final Saturday night against the Western New York Flash despite a knee injury that's kept her sidelined for two weeks.

Wambach and Morgan were the stars of the gold medal-winning U.S. soccer team at the London Olympics last summer. Now the veteran Wambach, the most prolific scorer in international soccer with 160 goals, will square off against heir apparent Morgan in the finale of the National Women's Soccer League.

The inaugural NWSL title game will be nationally televised at 8 p.m. Saturday on FOX Sports 2. The match will be played at Sahlen's Stadium in Wambach's hometown of Rochester, N.Y.

Morgan sprained her left knee after landing awkwardly in a loss to Boston on Aug. 7. She's the co-leading scorer (8 goals) for Portland, which averaged more than 13,000 fans at Jeld-Wen Field this summer.

Morgan made the trip but did not play last weekend when the Thorns rallied from 2-0 down for a 3-2 overtime win in the semifinal at FC Kansas City.

Wambach tallied 11 goals this season for the Flash, one behind league leader Lauren Holiday of FC Kansas City. The Flash advanced to the final thanks to two goals by Carli Lloyd in the 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC.

Here are five things to know about the title game, league MVP Lauren Holiday and '99er Julie Foudy's take on the third incarnation of women's professional soccer.

SOCCER HAVEN: The Thorns traveled some 2,700 miles from their soccer-crazed town, where they drew 16,479 in their home opener April 21 against Seattle. They topped that with a record 17,619 fans in their regular-season finale Aug. 4 against FC Kansas City.

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