‘The negotiation was long and difficult,’ says Farah of creating Marta’s LA story

At the FIFA Player of the Year Gala in Zürich, Marta makes it official: she will join the seven-team WPS as its biggest signing. She outpolls Cristiane (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Nadine Angerer (Germany) and England’s Smith to win FIFA’s top women’s honor for the third straight year.

Mar 1

WPS pre-season begins. In late February, Marta arrives in Los Angeles to sign her contract. “My anxiety is normal,” she says on her website, “since it is about a new life.”

Mar 29

Los Angeles Sol hosts Washington Freedom in the inaugural WPS match (Fox Soccer Channel, 1800 EDT).

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