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Wambach, Krieger return to Freedom, joined by Whitehill

September 16, 2008 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

Well it's finally happened Freedom fans. The first three players have been allocated by Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) and fans should be excited to hear forward Abby Wambach is returning to Washington.

Wambach, who missed the Olympics with a broken leg, was originally selected second in the 2002 WUSA draft by the Freedom and played in Washington in 2002 and 2003. The Freedom advanced to the Founder's Cup both years, winning it all in 2003.

Also returning to Washington is defender Ali Krieger, who played for the Freedom's W-League team in 2006 and 2007. The Freedom won the W-League championship in 2007.

Joining Wambach and Krieger will be defender Cat Whitehill, who also missed this year's Olympics because of injury. Whitehill will bring experience to the Freedom defense as she has 129 caps with the Women's National Team and has played in two World Cups.

"Overall I think we comprehensively had a good allocation," Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra said. "We're obviously happy but we didn't expect to get the allocation that we got."

Freedom fans anxious to see Abby, Cat and Ali take the field as members of the Freedom can reserve season tickets now by calling Danielle Hitzeman or Marc Dombek at (202) 547-KICK or by visiting

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