Marta in action against Sky Blue FC earlier this season.
She was the first player to win the FIFA Women's
World Player of the Year on four occasions. She has
played professionally in Brazil, Sweden and the USA.
She has 53 caps and 54 goals for Brazil.
Marta Vieira da Silva of FC Gold Pride spoke to the media via teleconference ahead of her match on Saturday with Sky Blue FC at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University. The match will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel at 6 p.m. Eastern time and 3 p.m. Pacific time.
Gloria Averbuch, Director, PR/Marketing of Sky Blue FC, was kind enough to ask Marta a question from me during the discussion on Wednesday afternoon. My question and Marta's response were interpreted into Portuguese and subsequently translated into English.
(Steve Amoia, World Football Commentaries)
Brazil and the USA have had a strong rivalry in women's soccer. Now you play with and against the Americans. What have you learned about them that you didn't know before, and what can they learn from you and other Brazilian players in the league?
(Marta Vieira da Silva, FC Gold Pride)
"Playing over here you have to work harder tactically and defensively.(Gloria Averbuch, Sky Blue FC)
For them (Americans) to observe me and see me play—they mark me very tight. Brazilian way of play is a free, attacking style--taking people on, with confidence, being creative.
They see that kind of play and some of the other players (US) are doing that here."
"She stressed in other answers that the skill of Americans is the strength, assertiveness and tough defense."
Yael Averbuch of the defending WPS Champion,
Sky Blue FC, in action against FC Gold Pride on
April 17th. She contributes to the New York Times Goal
blog. Here is her latest post: Knocked for a Loop on
the Road. To learn more about Sky Blue FC, please visit
WPS is the Premier Women's League in the World
Image courtesy of Women's Professional Soccer.
Women's Professional Soccer has players from 19 countries, 29 American states and leading colleges such as North Carolina, Notre Dame, Santa Clara, Portland and UCLA, respectively. There are teams in the following metropolitan areas: Atlanta (which has the first soccer-specific-stadium), Bay Area (California), Boston, Chicago, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Saint Louis and Washington, D.C.
Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) broadcasts a WPS game of the week (usually on Sundays), and archived streaming videos can be found at the WPS website.
For more information about Women's Professional
Soccer, please visit www.womensprosoccer.com
WPS was the first professional sports league to
have players "Tweet" during live games.