Wambach sees challenges in soccer's growth

By wbng sports

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM EDT

BINGHAMTON (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Abby Wambach says she knows there are challenges in the effort to increase soccer's popularity in America.

Wambach and Sydney Leroux of the U.S. Women's National team put on a soccer clinic in Binghamton Saturday. As much as it was about giving kids hope to achieve their dreams, clinics like these are also about growing the game of soccer, Wambach said.

After all, soccer trails football, basketball, baseball and hockey here in America. Wambach says competing with the big four sports is a challenge, but with soccer now being played year round, she sees the value in being able to fall back on something different.

"There are kids that don't want to play any other sport, and they want to dive into playing only soccer, which is fine," she said. "But for me, even though I'm on the national team and I'm at the highest level, I needed that little bit of a break -- I needed that down time to get away from the game, to recharge my battery, even play something else, which is a different sport. It calls on your body to do different things."