January 25, 2011

Flash...Marta Lands in Western New York

Well, the mystery that has lasted most of the winter has now been solved and we have a winner. Marta, the best player in the world five years running, will play the 2011 season for the Western New York Flash. The Flash have picked up the third and final year of Marta's contract from FC Gold Pride.

Marta will join six of her Gold Pride teammates from the 2010 WPS champions, including another prolific scorer in her own right, Christine Sinclair. The Flash will most definitely not look like a typical expansion team this season.

Marta has won the FIFA Player of the Year five consecutive years. She was originally selected in the international draft by the Los Angeles Sol. In 2009, she led the Sol to the WPS regular season championship before falling to Sky Blue in the WPS Finals. After Los Angeles folded, she was taken in the dispersal draft by FC Gold Pride, which won both the regular season and playoff championship last season. The entire league has waited with much anticipation as to where she would sign since Gold Pride folded last fall.

She is the WPS all-time leading goal scorer with 29 regular season goals and has the led the league in that category both seasons. She also scored a playoff goal in last year's championship match against Philadelphia.

Marta is expected to miss at least part of the upcoming season while competing with the Brazilian National Team at the World Cup.