The good news keeps coming for the Western New York Flash.
After picking up its first win on May 1, the team finally welcomed Carli Lloyd to the pitch. She practiced with the team on Friday and is expected to be available for tonight’s game against FC Kansas City at 7:35 p.m. in Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester.
Lloyd was one of two U.S. National Team players allocated to the Flash, along with Abby Wambach.
But Lloyd has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury on March 6 as the U.S. Women’s National team earned a 3-0 win over Iceland in an Algarve Cup match.
Lloyd, a midfielder, has 43 goals in 154 international games.
She joins U.S. teammate Wambach, who had suffered a concussion in her second game with the Flash on April 20 against the Washington Freedom.
Wambach missed the team’s home opener against the Boston Breakers, but returned for her first start with her hometown club on May 1, scoring the game-winner in a 2-1 decision over Sky Blue FC.
The Flash got on the board in the sixth minute on a goal by Adriana Martin, set up by Samantha Kerr.
Kerr, who leads the Flash in scoring with five points, set up Wambach for her first goal with the club. Kerr sent a cross into the Sky Blue box which Wambach gathered for the goal.
Meanwhile, Kansas City is in its inaugural season. Undefeated with two wins and one tie, the club is part of a three-way tie for second place in the National Women’s Soccer League. Forward Ranae Cuellar has six points, tied for second in the NWSL.
Cuellar played for Oklahoma this past season, earning 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors. She had 12 goals and 26 points on the season. She was an alternate for Mexico’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Flash close out a string of four straight home games on May 24 when they host the Chicago Red Stars at 7:05 p.m. They then play four games on the road.
FC Buffalo wins
With goals from Richie Wilson and Andy Tiedt FC Buffalo won its season opener, 2-1, over Zanesville Athletic FC at All High Stadium.
FC Buffalo now plays Friday, hosting FC Sparta Michigan.