Fuel Soccer Talk: Marta shows brilliance on and off the pitch; Video from Youth Soccer Regional; The Kick that Defied Physics

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World Cup 2019: Was Brazil’s loss to France Marta’s swan song – let’s hope not!

Brazil’s 2-1 loss to France on Sunday in the Women’s World Cup Round of 16 felt like more than just the end of the road for one of the top teams. It felt like a huge loss to the game of soccer.
The result could be the end of the road for one of the greatest – if not THE greatest – female soccer players ever to step on the pitch.

Marta, a six-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and arguably the most prominent historical name in women’s soccer, may have worn the classic Brazilian yellow jersey for the last time.
While she has lost little of her ability at the top level, at 33 years old, Marta could be done with the World Cup. During this 2019 World Cup in France, Marta scored twice, and her 17 career World Cup goals are more than any other man or woman has ever scored at the tournament.

After the loss, Marta sent an inspirational message to young soccer players all over the globe: “Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end. The women’s game depends on you to survive. So think about that. Value it more.”

Should Marta make it all the way to a sixth World Cup in 2023, she will equal a mark set by compatriot Formiga and Japan’s Homare Sawa. Marta currently plays for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL.

Where does Marta rank all-time in women’s soccer? 

U.S. Youth Soccer: Far West Regional Championships (video)

Relive some of the action from the 2019 Far West Regional Championships, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.


Soccer Rewind: The Penalty Kick that Defied Physics

On Oct. 29, 2015, the Portland Timbers hosted Sporting Kansas City in a knockout round that would ultimately become one of the most memorable games in MLS playoff history. Re-live the drama of the game, the hysteria of 11 rounds of penalty kicks, and the stories from those who lived it.

More than 3.3 million people have watched this on YouTube, but if you are one of the few who have missed it, it’s a great way to spend 11 minutes. And if you have seen it before, it’s worth a “soccer rewind.”

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