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Marta Named WPS Player Of The Week

May 18, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - FC Gold Pride News Release

Hayward, CA (May 18, 2010)- Women's Professional Soccer announced today that FC Gold Pride Forward, Marta has been named the WPS Player of the Week for Week 6. The four-time FIFA World Player of the Year scored twice for the Pride, lifting her team to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers last Friday evening at Harvard Stadium. Marta's efforts also helped her team to a WPS record-setting fifth consecutive victory. With Friday's win, the Pride retains its first place position and now holds a four point advantage over second place.

"I'm very happy, and honored to be named player of the week," said Marta. "I am even happier with the team's performance and everything we've accomplished in the last few weeks."

"I wouldn't have gotten this award without the team and I'm very happy with the way we have been playing soccer," she added.

Marta twice beat Boston goalkeeper Ashley Phillips one-on-one, finishing Tiffeny Milbrett's through ball in the 15th-minute and getting behind the backline to score from Solveig Gulbrandsen's pass over the top in the 37th. She has three goals this season and a league-best 13 in her WPS career.

The Brazilian superstar won the award twice in 2009, in Weeks 2 and 14, en route to WPS's MVP honor and scoring title while leading the Los Angeles Sol to the league championship game. She's the second FC Gold Pride player to receive Player of the Week; Canadian forward Christine Sinclair won in Week 8 last year.

The WPS Player of the Week is selected by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters.

Week 1: Eniola Aluko (Saint Louis Athletica)

Week 2: Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

Week 3: Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)

Week 4: Sonia Bompastor (Washington Freedom)

Week 5: Karen Bardsley (Sky Blue FC)

Week 6: Marta (FC Gold Pride)

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