In women’s soccer news, there’s the fact that the USWNT posted its final win of 2008 last night, downing China 1-0 in Detroit on the strength of a Heather O’Reilly goal. Pia’s team finishes out the year with a record-setting record: 33-1-2. And maybe the even better news is that there were more than 11,000 people in cash-strapped Detroit who came out to watch the game!
There is also news of Marta. Well, not really news, but increasing speculation about where she will be playing. It seems to boil down to Sweden’s Umea, or the Los Angeles Sol of the WPS. And apparently some folks are getting restive and muttering, “Shut up and sign!” – a sexist-sounding grumble IMHO. Why shouldnt Marta negotiate the best deal she can for herself? This is professional sports we’re talking about. Will Matt Cassel be faulted for going after the best contract he can?
That said,I m rooting for the Sol to snag her … because it has suddenly occurred to me that, for the price of a Breakers ticket, I could drive to Harvard Stadium and see arguably the best soccer player EVER. (It gives me goosebumps – Marta and Kristine Lilly, too!)
In a rush this morning … sorry. I’ll get up earlier tomorrow, I promise!