I attended MagicJack's final regular-season home match against the Philadelphia Independence with my family this afternoon, and was thrilled to see the crowd of 3,063 on a sweltering day. The crowd included lots and lots of young female soccer players, like my daughter and her cousin. MagicJack won 2-1 after a 45-minute lightning delay that halted the game in the 57th minute. Both MagicJack goals were scored by fiesty and speedy forward Lisa DeVanna, a member of Australia's national team. Unfortunately for the fans, US World Cup stars Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe did not play for MagicJack. Wambach is the player/coach, and she did coach, but didn't play. Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone did play, which was fun to watch, but it would have been more thrilling if all the World Cup players were on the field. With all due respect to the rest of the players, a lot of the people in the stands went primarily to get an up-close look at the players they saw on TV during the World Cup last month. They wore Wambach jerseys, and it would have been a real treat for those fans if they could have seen their heroes play -- if only for a half.
Amy Rodriguez, a U.S. World Cup forward, scored the lone goal for Philly, which entered the game as the league's No. 2 team.
MagicJack is back home Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for a first-round playoff match against Boston. Tickets through Ticketmaster and FAU's athletic department.