Marta poses with coach Kleiton Lima from Brazil, coach Silvia Neid from Germany and striker Birgit Prinz. Loving it!
Posts Tagged ‘Marta’
Posted by leyrocks on April 22, 2009
Posted by leyrocks on April 8, 2009
Finally some video, thanks to the LA Sol
Posted by leyrocks on March 30, 2009
For all women soccer fans March 30, 2009 marked a new day in history. After six long years women’s professional soccer finally returned to the USA. As a fan and player I was so excited. I was eager to finally watch my hometown team the LA Sol finally take the field, especially Marta. I was so pleased by the crowd turnout of almost 15,000 people. The atmosphere at the HDC was amazing, thanks to the Galaxy and now Sol supporter group Angel City Brigade. If you where at the stadium or watched the game on TV I’m sure you where able to hear us cheer along the Sol. Make sure to come by section 121 and sit with the ACB and cheer the Sol on.
As I check the soccer blogs and forums it seems the two main topics of discussion are:
Did Allison Faulk really score the first goal? Or did she foul Scurry? Well as I watched the replay over and over (even on freeze frame on my DVR) it doesn’t look to me like Faulk touched the ball and she did kind of run into Scurry. However, the ref did not call it so the goal stands period. Even if Faulk’s goal would not have counted I do believe the Sol out played the Freedom and deserved to win.
Almost 15,000 fans for the first match now what? Can it last? Ok now lets be realistic, since it’s the first league match of course their will be more fans that are expected for the rest of the season. WPS goal is about 4,000 – 6,000, which I do think is doable. I do think we will have a bigger picture of how the league is doing and how it will do in about the third season. But I hope their is not a severe drop off in attendance.
By the way I re-watched the match as I recorded it on my DVR man Miyama was amazing she was all over the place. Marta was Marta, amazing skill. Faulk was a good solid defender. I’m defiantly looking forward to watching Johanna Frisk play in a game, she looked really well in training.
Posted by leyrocks on March 10, 2009
Marta with the Bryant Family at the Lakers vs. Timberwolves game on March 6
Johanna Frisk and Marta at the Laker game.
Posted by leyrocks on March 8, 2009
Ok so today was the much awaited Sol Fest and let me tell you it was amazing. For all those who attended you know what I’m talking about. So this next blog entry I’m going to write it as the super soccer fan that I am.
Well as you can see I was able to get my Marta picture and autograph but man it cost me. Why, well see I’m really sick I have a cold / flu whatever you want to call it. So at 11:15 or so I made the 2 mile drive to the Home Depot Center. Sol Fest was awesome even though I was hating life. For about 2 hours you could watch the team practice which was awesome. They did a whole bunch of drills and at the end did a scrimmage.
You could also have a tour of the Home Depot Center which included a locker room tour. I did not do this cause I got in line for autographs. The funny thing was that their was 6 tables where the players would sign autographs. However, the staff did not know which table Marta would be in, so it was luck of the draw. So lucky me, I was in the line where she signed autographs. But let me tell you when people saw that Marta was in our line people started going crazy, cutting in line and all. So it took some time for the people that where in that line to get the autograph, I’m guessing about an hour and a half. Can you imagine me standing their with my fever, headache and sore throat, hahahahaha man I’m a super fan I guess. Many times I thought about just saying, “screw” and leaving but I didn’t.
Up close Marta is pretty small and it makes you wonder how someone so petite can be so amazing on the field, size just doesn’t matter I guess. Marta is pretty cool, but you could not really talked to her cause they where rushing the signings cause of so many people in her line. I just said hi and asked for a picture in spanish and she responded in Portuguese and she told me thank you for coming. When she was signing my soccer ball this crazy lady rushed security and got right in her face and kept screaming at Marta, “I love you I love you, can I get an autograph.”
By the time I finally met her it was about 230 and i was only able to get Aly Wagner, Brittnay Bock, Katie Larkin and Katie Hooker autographs. By this time I was ready to go home and climb into bed. However, sitting on my desk in my new prize possession my Marta autographed soccer ball.
One thing I will say about Sol Fest is that it was great to see so much diversity at the festival. You saw every type of soccer fan, the soccer moms and dads, kids, teenagers, college and high school players, women, men, but for me the biggest surprise was the huge turn out of the Latino and Brazilian community. It was great to see so many Latino / Brazilian families supporting women’s soccer. But I guess its safe to say a girl from Brazil can be given credit for that. Make sure you check out the Sol’s album page to see more Sol Fest pictures.
Posted by leyrocks on March 3, 2009
On March 4th, Marta is scheduled to appear on the Ellen show with fellow soccer player/fan/actor Anthony LaPaglia.
If you don’t know Kobe Bryant is a huge soccer fan and on Thursday March 5th, he will be formally introducing the Los Angeles Sol at a press conference held at the Home Depot Center. (Read More)
If you are a Southern California soccer fan make sure to check out Nick Green’s blog, 100 Percent Soccer
Posted by leyrocks on February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
By: Grahame L. Jones | Los Angeles TimesThe Brazilian star will be the biggest name for the new Los Angeles Sol and Women’s Professional Soccer.
Somewhere in the heart of northeastern Brazil, about nine degrees south of the Equator and a couple of hundred miles inland from where the Brazilian coast bulges out into the Atlantic, two rivers converge.
There, painted in pastel hues, is the clapboard town of Dois Riachos, little more than a dot on the map in the huge cotton, rice, sugar and tobacco producing state of Alagoas. Flash past on Brazil’s route 316, perhaps on the way to Maceio and the sea, and you would hardly notice it.
Dois Riachos. Two little rivers.
Marta Vieira da Silva remembers them well. They were the playgrounds of her childhood. For half the year, when the rains had long gone and the streambed was dry, she and the rest of the kids in Dois Riachos used to play soccer in the sandy river bottoms.
It was there that the scrawny youngster who grew up to become the world’s finest female soccer player learned the tricks that now keep fans worldwide spellbound.
This remote locale, where she dodged the tackles of older boys intent on taking her down, was the ultimate source of her Pan American Games gold medal, her two Olympic silver medals, her three consecutive FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Want to read more go to: Los Angeles Times
Posted by leyrocks on February 24, 2009
On February 22, 2009, Marta made her first public appearance since joining the LA Sol at the Soccer Nation Expo in Los Angeles. As promised, the Women’s Soccer Show was there to fill you in on the action!
The 3-time FIFA Player of the Year was received with much excitement and fanfare by her loyal, and new fans alike, and she, graceful as ever, seemed to enjoy most of it.
At first, Marta gave off a somewhat nervous vibe as she was introduced to the crowd. She seemed to be in a daze as her fans snapped pictures and hollered the occasional, “I love you Marta,” “Juegas muy bonito,” or “You are the best Marta”. It’s understandable how the roaring crowd could be intimidating for the petite player, and I couldn’t help but notice the big sigh of relief she let out when she sat down and started signing autographs. But who could blame her for feeling a bit anxious. February 21st marked a new chapter in life.
She seemed overjoyed when the occasional Brazilian / Latino fan would say something to her in Portuguese or Spanish in an attempt to start a conversation (I believe she understands a bit of Spanish but does not speak it fluently). Hopefully with the support of the Brazilian / Latino community in Los Angeles she will find it easy to adapt to her new home.
Through the entire time she was all smiles when the star struck attendees would ask if they could take a picture with her. While taking pictures and video of Marta, I couldn’t help but notice how charming she is when interacting with her fans and the LA Sol staff. There is something truly special about her that captivates you. Could it be her warm generous smile? Her superhuman soccer skills? Or maybe her superstar status in FIFA?
The best part of the event was when she left the autograph booth to head out to the main soccer field for a game of “Kingman” soccer. As you can see in our video, the scene looked more like a TMZ shoot on Robertson Blvd. About 20 people started following her, snapping pictures, shaking her hand and requesting for autographs. For an instance I thought I was back in 1999 hearing, “Mia, Mia, Mia, Mia,” but now it was, “Marta, Marta, Marta.”
During the soccer match, Marta would occasionally do some crazy trick or move, but as luck would have it we had already turned our cameras off. Watching her up close in action was a treat, kind of reminiscent as watching Ronaldihno play in 2006 (Barcelona USA Tour). If you are able to catch her in action, GO!!!! I promise she won’t disappoint. She truly is the best women’s soccer player.
Marta’s next promotional stop will be in New York City on February 24th and 25th for the WPS Team Kit Unveiling event and media tour. She and other WPS players, including, Johanna Frisk, Heather O’Reilly, Hope Solo, Amy Rodriguez, Carli Lloyd to name a few, will be modeling the leagues home and away uniforms, designed by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. League officials will also be doing media rounds along with a few WPS stars.
Bloomberg TV @ 7:50am – Tonya Antonucci
Fox Business @ 10am
Today Show, CNN, Fox & Friends – WPS players
Posted by leyrocks on February 19, 2009
Ok so as we get closer to March 29th the more WPS news, promotions, player signings and events we are hearing about. Pre-season training camps are set to start on March 1st. So here are a couple of events that you may want to attend and look at for.
Febuary 19th, Marta arrives in L.A., watch out for AEG/SOL to have a press conference on Thursday or Friday. Happy Birthday by the way, its hard to believe that she is only turning 23.
February 21st, Soccer Nation Expo in Los Angeles. Abby Wambach, Marta and other soccer stars will attend this event. This will be Marta’s first public appearance.
February 23rd – Players start arriving to their perspective teams.
February 24th, WPS Team Kit Unveiling in New York City. WPS will unveil the uniforms for the WPS 2009 Inaugural Season, including both Home and Away styles. Players modeling will be:
Marta and Johanna Frisk, Los Angeles Sol
Amy Rodriguez and Angela Hucles, Boston Breakers
Leslie Osborne and Christina DiMartino, FC Gold Pride (SF Bay Area)
Carli Lloyd and Nikki Krzysik, Chicago Red Stars
Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny, Saint Louis Athletica
Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY)
Allie Long and Sarah Huffman, Washington Freedom
March 4th -11th USWNT competing in Algarve Cup Tournament
March 4th USA vs. Denmark
March 6 USA vs. Iceland
March 9th USA vs. Norway
March 8th Sol Fest @ the Home Depot Center. Meet the 2009 LA Sol Team.
*If you are aware of any upcoming events please let us know so we can post them up.
Posted by leyrocks on February 16, 2009
Lets see, Aya is confirmed, as well as Frisk and Marta. Abily not so sure anymore and we have not heard anything about Duan. Knowing AEG, I’m sure they will have a Marta / Frisk press conference during the week or at Sol Fest.
41 days and counting…….