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If Marta were American, we'd love her

If Marta were American, we'd love her

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By Jacqueline Purdy

Imagine for a moment that five-time reigning FIFA Player of the Year Marta isn't Brazilian. Imagine she's American, from California, perhaps. Imagine she doesn't wear her first name on the back of her jersey, but rather her last name. Imagine even that she doesn't wear the No. 10, the number that is supposed to mean she's the best player on the team. Let's give her something far less assuming, like No. 17, perhaps.

Imagine that this player, this No. 17, raced into the penalty box ...

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