Orlando Pride land Brazilian star Marta

The Equalizer Staff April 7, 2017 129
Marta, shown here celebrating the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, is set to join the Orlando Pride.

Marta, shown here celebrating the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, is set to join the Orlando Pride.

The Orlando Pride have agreed to contract terms with Marta. The club made the announcement Friday afternoo. WoSo Weekly editor Michelle Stile reported earlier this month that the sides had reached a deal but things were not finalized until Marta’s club FC Rosengard were eliminated from UEFA Women’s Champions League competition last week. The contract is for two years with an option for a third.

“We are incredibly proud to bring Marta to Orlando, and I am personally very excited as I have been a fan of her for many years,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said. “Our technical team worked hard to add the best, most accomplished women’s soccer player in the world to the roster. We started the Pride to win, and bringing Marta to Orlando is a testament to our belief in this team, our supporters and the passion for soccer in Central Florida,”

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Marta, 31, has been a staple for Brazil since she was a teenager. She first wowed us as a 17-year old during the 2003 World Cup in the Unites States. Six years later Marta joined the Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS.) She became an unstoppable force in the league, taking the golden boot and MVP in 2009 and 2010 before settling for a share of the boot with Christine Sinclair and a ceding of the MVP trophy to Veronica Boquete in 2011. Her team–the Sol folded after a season, then FC Gold Pride folded, then she went to the Flash–finished first in the league all three seasons. The last two ended in championships.

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Since the WPS ship went down in 2012, Marta has called Sweden home, first for Tyreso and most recently playing at Rosengard. She recently became a Swedish citizen.

On seven occasions Marta has been part of Swedish championship sides including four times at Umea IK before joining WPS. In 2014, playing for Tyreso, Marta scored two goals in the UWCL final but it was not enough in a gut-wrenching, 4-3 loss to Wolfsburg. The best she has done for Brazil has also been runner-up–as Olympic silver medalist in 2004 and 2008 and World Cup runner-up in 2007.

  • atalba

    Great addition to the team and league! She still has a lot of futbol left in her. Saw her last game as a US professional on Gold Pride. Been waiting a long time for her to return. Whoever plays up top will learn to move and will have far more opportunities to score with Marta leading the charge.

    • Lorehead

      But her last game as a US professional (for now) was the 2011 championship for the Flash.

      • atalba

        I stand corrected.

  • dw

    So how does this work with the NWSL cap, exactly?

    • dw

      Never mind. They haven’t announced the cap yet. So the 2017 cap will be the Orlando Pride total salary figure.

      • guest

        NWSL has now posted 2017 roster rules and cap info

        Team Salary Cap: $315,000.
        Minimum Player Salary: $15,000.
        Maximum Player Salary: $41,700.
        Roster Limits
        18-20 Player Roster

        • Steglitz49

          $41,700 probably beats what Marta earns in Rosengård.

          • Rdalford

            news reports have noted that Marta makes much more money from endorsements/sponsors etc. vs her club player salary and that the value of those endorsements/sponsorships will be higher with Marta in USA

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. Marta may have gotten herself Swedish citizenship but her wallet is close to her heart after all these years.

            One notes that certain clubs with tons of money seem not to have been interested in her but Marta played all her soccer in Sweden or the US since she left Brazil.

          • Rdalford

            Marta having now acquired her Swedish citizenship (so no longer has to worry about maintaining residency) ironically frees her to work wherever. I think Marta deserves whatever money teams/sponsors are willing to pay (she has been very important to woso worldwide for a number of years).
            Marta has always seemed to enjoy living in Sweden so my guess is she returns frequently and perhaps eventually retires in Sweden

          • Bruce

            per year, Steg.

          • Steglitz49

            As I understand it, Orlando will have to buy out the remainder of Marta’s contract with Rosengård. When Lyon acquired Lotta Schelin from Göteborg they allegedly paid Gbg 250,000 USD. Marta no doubt would be cheaper but even 40,000 USD ain’t exactly chump change for the NWSL:

    • newsouth

      marta only earns about 100k usa dollars now. 41k cap expense and a sponsor picks up 60k.

      • Steglitz49

        I doubt that Marta even earns 40k USD playing for Rosengard. When Pernille Harder moved from Linköping to the Shewolves, here salary went up 5 times.

        The big money in EU WoSo is in the female sections of wealthy men’s teams, not playing in Norway or Sweden, let alone the Faeroe Islands.

        • Guesting

          Treating WoSo as a charity case is one thing, but throw it away recklessly is another. Since they are not in the business of making money off WoSo, what purpose does it serve to pay her a lot of money for her name.

          • Steglitz49

            I am not sure that I follow you but if Marta is good enough for the NWSL maybe she ought to be good enough for other leagues?

          • Lorehead

            Because she at the very least was the undisputed greatest player of all time a few years ago, a long string of team owners have been willing to pay her huge amounts of money to play for them, even though they know they will never make it back. Ilina Kessler, the former GM of FC Gold Pride, had a great interview a few years back where she talked about how the owners made the decision to take her from the last team that went bankrupt paying her salary, at her full salary, and how that worked out.

            Because there aren’t as many rich WoSo fans as rich BroSo fans, and fewer of them are kleptocrats, Marta’s top salary was half a million per year, a tiny fraction of what Messi or Ronaldo would get on a free transfer. But actually winning that bidding war, the decision to pay more than anyone else for The Best Player so the team you own can be The Best Team, goes hand-in-hand with a way of doing business that tends to lead to bankruptcy.

            An exacerbating factor is that Marta is kind of introverted and chose not to learn English while she was living in the United States. (If you watch the video of her last game here, Karina LeBlanc is interviewing the new champions, one of Marta’s teammates says how great everything is, and when she asks Marta how she feels, Marta’s answer is, “The same.”) So she doesn’t do publicity.

          • Steglitz49

            Marta speaks fluent Swedish and is happy to be interviewed in the language of honor and heroes. She is quite charming.

  • dw

    Orlando Pride Bankruptcy countdown is on…

    • John

      They are backed by big money so no…

      • Guesting

        Very Big Money! They didn’t even have to use any public money to build their new stadium.

        • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

          That’s actually really impressive.

      • dw

        “Big money” has never seemed to be a foolproof protection against bankruptcy. So why would Orlando Pride somehow be different?

        • Lorehead

          By definition it is. If it’s not, it wasn’t big enough.

    • Steglitz49

      as long as the spectators turn up and pay, no worries

      • USMNTfan4life

        I seem to believe that attendance will eventually drop for most NWSL teams. I think the A+E tv deal won’t pan out. In order for A+E to make money, the games have to be viewed by a ton of fans. And based on the numbers when they were on fox or ESPN, the NWSL does not attract alot of viewers. Most WoSo fans are actually at the games, and not part of the TV viewing public.

        • DNG

          I wouldn’t be surprised if the TV deal didn’t work out but why would NWSL attendance eventually drop?

          • mockmook

            Indeed, it seems as likely to go up.

        • Steglitz49

          A fair analysis. The question remains how many the teams need to average at a game? 3000? or 5000?

    • USMNTfan4life

      Why do you say that?

  • Rdalford

    off topic but related
    NWSL has posted 2017 roster rules and 2017 salary cap info.

    “NWSL 2017 Roster Rules

    Team Salary Cap Regulations

    Team Salary Cap

    In computing the Salary Cap, it is assumed that it is spread across a minimum of 18 Players (if a Team is carrying additional Players because of Roster Relief due or Goalkeeper Replacement, these Players are also included) based on adjustments for Federation Players. Therefore, if a Team is carrying less than 18 Players, minimum salary Player spots are added to the Team’s budget for the purpose of calculating the total TSC (i.e. a Team cannot spread the TSC over 11 Players).

    Team Salary Cap: $315,000.

    Maximum, Minimum Player Salary Budget Charges

    Minimum Salary: $15,000.
    Maximum Salary: $41,700.

    Roster Limits

    18-20 Player Roster
    Teams may have no more than 20 available Players under contract on their Roster at any one time, subject to Injury and Goalkeeper Replacement exceptions.”

    ===
    published reports re Marta signing with Orlando have indicated she will apparently be paid the NWSL max ($41.7K) player salary but worth noting that Marta most likely makes more $$$ from sponsors/marketing

    ===
    given increase in player min to $15k, in my opinion the NWSL team salary cap of $315 is too low and does not provide enough extra cap room. The 18 players at $15K is $270 so with team cap of $315 teams only have a $45K delta ($315 – $270 = $45K) to use to spread around to allow paying anyone above the $15k min.

    with noting that allocated/federation players count as min ($15k) against the team cap so even for teams with a number of allocated the team cap will be tight.

    • CED

      The have and have nots is just going to get worse. Interesting note on WNT CBA is according to leaks USSF allocating just 22 players is by design. The number of allocations can be dropped even lower under the CBA. So, the chosen few, the haves will be become even smaller in the future. USSF is paying tier I w/ NWSL 165K but are reducing the number of allocations, this year by 3 from 2016.

    • Lorehead

      Nice that they’re finally releasing that information transparently. In the past, they’ve waited for it to leak.

      • Rdalford

        Now if we can just get USSF soccer to post the new CBA …

        we only got to see details of old CBA/MOU because the documents had to be publicly filed as part of the USSF case against USWNT.
        so perhaps we need someone to sue again so details of new CBA is made public. 🙂

    • tonysocref

      Based on the information that came out today and what you have posted, Won’t surprise me if a majority of the teams only have 18 on their opening day roster.

      $315,000 team cap is a joke if the teams automatically have a $270,000 hit against their cap.

      • Rdalford

        agree, team cap at $315K is too low
        will force teams to only have 18 (or 19) on roster
        and will force many/most salaries to be in the $15K Min range

        I had been expecting a cap around $350K

        • tonysocref

          The reason I’m saying it will only be 18 with this low of a salary cap is the roster relief/no cap relief for injury replacement clauses in the roster rules. Granted it would probably be pro-rated but a team would need to hold a portion in reserve in case it was needed unless they don’t plan on replacing the player. Best guess $10,000 – $15,000.

        • Steglitz49

          It would be interesting to learn some wages in eu woso

  • newsouth
    • Steglitz49

      If the good burghers of South Cal wanted a WoSo team they could start it. Maybe if the Galaxy don’t hire Zlatan, they could put a fraction of that money towards a WoSo side. Will they? Once Hell has frozen over, maybe.

      • USMNTfan4life

        Galaxy are not that interested in a women’s NWSL team. They sold the Sol after one year because they never wanted to do it long-term. Even if LAFC put an NWSL team, the Galaxy won’t be excited to do it. MLS does not force teams to run a WoSo league team.

        • mockmook

          I can see there being some sort of NWSL/MLS partnership in the future where most MLS clubs are expected to have a NWSL partner.

          • Steglitz49

            Who can make the MLS? Trump?

          • USMNTfan4life

            Only if MLS teams make money and can compete with most mens league foe elite talent.

          • guest2

            “compete with most men’s leagues for elite talent.”

            MLS is a long way off from this. I have an easier time seeing 12 NWSL teams partnered with an MLS team than I do seeing the next Messi playing any of his prime years in the US.

            What funny is that there seems to be some people who think it’s okay for MLS teams to constantly lose money but not women’s team. Never mind that MLS teams have been losing money for over 20 years now.

          • Steglitz49

            Why on earth would an MLS team start a female section? Only if they can make money out of it to pump into the men’s game.

            If the current trend continues, WoSo will become a satrapy and fief of Europe as BroSo did 25 years ago.

          • ARED

            Well, it’s “ok” as long as you have stable organizations and investors. MLS was a bit on risky ground for 10 years maybe? NWSL obviously has the one big investor, the US Federation. But still, I’d say until the league and clubs have managed to stick around for awhile, it a risky proposition.

            And, I don’t think MLS will overtake the top 3 leagues in general, but let’s not forget that a club like PSG or Monaco can at times lure some pretty high-level players, and Villa and Giovinco are two examples of quality players who already went into MLS while in their prime years (ok, Villa was over 30 but still able to play for any club in Europe).

            It’s funny-money and financial doping for the men. It’s a question of survival for the women. Even many men’s clubs have huge rises and falls, and it’s always based on money.

        • Steglitz49

          Indeed. What bugs me is that WoSo fans live in this make-believe world. If they rolled up their sleeves and put their shoulders to the WoSo wheel something might happen. Dreaming only gets you so far — not very.

    • John

      LAFC will build one eventually.

      • USMNTfan4life

        After they get the men’s team up and running. Not before.

    • Lorehead

      Cheerful as ever. You’ll always have the LA Sol.

      • Steglitz49

        Aya Miyama and Marta. Miyama led them in assists and Marta in goals though Aya was best known for her free kicks already back then.

    • guest

      By the time they get one your Pressious Princess will probably be on the wrong side of 30. I hope she still has the power to dictate where she wants to go. Poor newsouth. 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Guest

    Marta……..Morgan……….Hill/Ubogagu/D.Evans
    ……….Edmonds….Driesse……………..
    ………………Kennedy……………………..
    Carley….MH…….LA……….Krieger

    Just a couple midfielders away from being thorns level of stardom

    • j

      Just play route 1 and attack Kling. Also Horan and Heath are hurt.

    • Ethan

      I’d play Marta on the right of a front three so she can cut inside often for shots/passes/crosses. If Alleway continues her form from last season, I’d drop Kennedy into central defense and fit Weatherholt into the midfield. If Alleway does start off the season well, then I suppose I’d go with your lineup with Weatherholt and Driesse sharing time.

    • mockmook

      Ubogagu……..Morgan……….Hill
      ……….Marta……..Edmonds……………..
      ………………Kennedy……………………..
      Catley….MH…….LA……….Krieger

    • Steglitz49

      Marta is more MF that F these days though she can play anywhere.

  • LM

    One of the greats that we will get to see play in person now! I checked the Orlando Pride site and she will start the season with them. Getting tickets now to see when she plays the home team.

    • Guesting

      She should generate a lot of ticket sales for the other teams in the league when Orlando Pride comes to town to play them.

  • John

    The greatest female footballer of all time. Be great to see her up front with Alex Morgan.

    • Lorehead

      On the 2011 Flash, Alex Morgan was a backup.

      • guest123

        That’s because Sinclair was there.

        • FawcettFan14

          A younger Sinclair and younger Marta, and rookie Alex. What a team. No wonder they won the league that year.

          • mockmook

            Becky Edwards…

          • Lorehead

            One person here in particular has his fantasies about how Christen Press never got a fair chance in 2011, and it was all Abby Wambach’s fault. In fact, though, Press, by Wambach’s choice, started the final ten matches of the season after her hat trick (and never scored again). She won the rookie of the year award over Alex Morgan, who really did find it hard to get minutes on that all-star team.

          • guest

            I also enjoyed his piece on Red Bull buying into the NWSL specifically to make Press their poster child; the new Lindsey Vonn.

          • Steglitz49

            Mikaela Schiffrin?

  • guest

    Why is she doing this? Glutton for punishment. She’s probably taking a pay cut? The pride are terrible and Orlando is a pretty awful city. Her partner/home are in Sweden. I guess I”m just curious as to what she is thinking.

    • PrideFan

      Maybe she wants to play in front of an actual crowd of fans. No one goes to her Rosengard games. She and Alex are the biggest names in the sport. And she’s Brazilian… the nasty central florida heat might not bother her 🙂

      • Guesting

        If she is able to play in the first two games of the season , she will probably see more in attendance then she did in the entire season she just finished with Rosengard.

    • guest

      “Orlando is a pretty awful city”
      Could you please be more specific. How is it awful?

  • Kate

    So excited! Kriegs and Marta are great additions. Hopefully Alex comes back in form and hungry as well.

  • Guest

    Good chunk of Brazil WNT choosing to come to NWSL

    • AlexH

      Maybe instead of expansion the NWSL should just invite Latin American national teams to play as a team and adopt a city. Mexico could play in LA and Brazil in Miami.

      • Lorehead

        And the USWNT in Portland.

        • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch

          The Big T(12)en Best XI in Chicago…

        • Silver Frost

          Not on plastic turf.

          • Steglitz49

            America WoSo thrives on plastic asin WC-15. Real grass is not for them as witness the Glorious 12th and the game against Colombia.

    • FawcettFan14

      More Brazilians (and Australians) than Mexicans in the league now.

  • Silver Frost

    1.) Marta is not a forward. I think some people here assume she is.

    2.) Marta is on the other side of the bell curve in terms of fitness and age. Still, great addition to the Pride.

    • Breakers fan

      As you say “still, great addition to the Pride.” We look at Lilly and Formiga and we may see a good 7+ very good years left in the Brazilian wonder.

      I think I assumed she was a forward. I’m sure even if in midfield she’ll have the freedom to and will go forward more than most midfielders do.

  • Miami66

    Been expecting this since last season, with the Pride already having a few Brazil WNT players plus Kaka on the Men’s team.

  • DILUSIONAL

    MARTA = BANKRUPTCY….GOOGLE IT!

    • Lorehead

      Ha ha, but the NWSL has a salary cap.

      • dw

        See my original comment, that’s how they came up with the new cap figure, I can almost assure it.

        • Rdalford

          My opinion, is team salary cap is set too low and does not actually handle any player (Marta or otherwise) at $41.7K Max because it forces many/most other salaries to $15K Min level

          as I posted elsewhere
          imho NWSL team salary cap is too low. leaves team with very little flexibility and may force many/most salaries to be at/near the $15K Min
          – 18 players at $15K min is $270K leaving only $45K until team hits $315K cap
          – If one of those 18 is top intl player (marta etc) at Max ($15K + $24.7K=$41.7) then team only has $20.3K to cover any salaries above $15K Min and/or 19th player
          – appears to me that if any player gets paid $41.7K Max, then team could only have full 20 player roster IF they had 1 (or more) allocated/federation players and many/most players would have to be $15K Min level.

          If the $15K Min was intended to be good for players
          Keeping the cap so low at $315K appears to force teams to smaller (18/19) rosters with more players being paid at $15K Min level

          • mockmook

            The good news is that the 315k is a 13% increase over the 278k of 2016

            Keep compounding by 13% every year and pretty soon you will be talking about some real money.

          • Rdalford

            better news
            USA women’s Hockey team just defeated Canada in OT to win the IIHF Women’s World Championship

          • mockmook

            better news
            The Senate confirms… 😉

          • President Tic-Tac

            HItler will be pleased.

          • tonysocref

            Not sure what is considered real money. At 13% a year, it will be 2021 before it goes over $500,000 and 2026 before it goes above $1,000,000

          • mockmook

            Within a generation, the average pay per player would be ~ $180k per season.

          • JL

            Every team has at least 2 players who are allocated, so that 315K gets spread around to a smaller pool.

          • Silver Frost

            DC has no allocated players.

          • tonysocref

            Labbe and Zadonsky are CSA designated Federation Players.

          • Steglitz49

            Don’t be precious. In common speak on the EQ “allocated” means to the USWNT. The big Canadians play for Lyon and PSG, or are still in college.

          • tonysocref

            This coming from someone who tries to correct everybody when they use Cheney instead of Holiday. Guessing you will try and correct everybody when the use JJ instead of JK.
            With that said, let’s use the proper term.
            Even for the USWNT players, the “allocated” designation was dropped in 2016 and changed to “Federation Player” in the NWSL Roster rules.

          • Steglitz49

            Please apply Healey’s first law of politics.

            As for not calling Holiday Holiday, that is simply uncouth.

            As for the Js, ju haf lost me. JK in the US seems to = Juergen Klinsmann, while JJ is JJ.

          • tonysocref

            Made a mistake there. We now have a second JE.
            Julie Johnston (JJ) is now Julie Ertz and will have Ertz on her jersey going forward.

          • Steglitz49

            We could always call her Julie like unto Marta or we could call her Ertz like unto Miyama, there being two Ayas in the Golden Generation (Aya Sameshima aka Shark Island Girl).

            If Julie starts being replaced or coming on as a replacement we could call her “Ersatz”.

            Marta, Miyama and Sameshima all played in the US.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe the D stands for Dumb?

          • mockmook

            As Rdalford pointed out, they are assumed to be making 15k for salary cap purposes — so each allocation shrinks the 315k cap by 15k

          • Rdalford

            Basically each team has approx $45K to spread across non allocated players to potentially pay some above 15K Min.
            thus, as JL implied, with 2 or more allocated then the $45K (above min) is spread across a smaller number of players

            Note, if an allocated player(s) is(are) part of an 18 player roster then salary cap is reduced by $15K Min for each allocated player within the 18 player roster

            or as stated using wording from the NWSL roster rules
            “In computing the Salary Cap, it is assumed that it is spread across a minimum of 18 Players (if a Team is carrying additional Players because of Roster Relief due or Goalkeeper Replacement, these Players are also included) based on adjustments for Federation Players. Therefore, if a Team is carrying less than 18 Players, minimum salary Player spots are added to the Team’s budget for the purpose of calculating the total TSC (i.e. a Team cannot spread the TSC over 11 Players).”

            bottom lines.
            – each team will be incur at least $270K ( 18 X $15K min) of team salary cap spend (although if allocated players are within the 18 player roster the “incur” is just applying the $15K min when calculating the team salary cap)
            – so each team will have at most $45K (or avg of $2.5K per player if spread over 18 players) to be used to pay players more than the $15K Min salary.
            – teams with 2 or more allocated players (even after team cap adjustment/reduction for allocated within first 18 on roster) will also have $45K to spread over a smaller number of players
            so – as JL implies – the $45K is spread over smaller non-allocated pool when team has 2 (or more) allocated players

            examples
            A). 20 player roster with 2 allocated and 18 non-allocated
            Team Salary Cap = $315K
            spread over 18 non-allocated for average $17.5K per player
            and 2 allocated do not count against cap (not part of 18)

            B). 19 player roster with 2 allocated and 17 non-allocated
            Team Salary Cap – the $315K is reduced by $15K to $300K
            (TSC reduction is player $15K min for the 1 allocated player who is part of first 18 players on overall 19 player roster)
            then $300K to be spread over 17 non-allocated players for average of $17,647 (or approx $2,647/per above $15K min)

            C). 18 player roster with 2 allocated and 16 non-allocated
            Team Salary cap – the $315K is reduced by $30K to $285K (TSC reduction for the 2 allocated players in 18 player roster) then $285 to be spread on 16 non-allocated players for average of $17,812 (or approx $2,812/per above $15K min)

            D). 19 player roster with 6 allocated and 13 non-allocated
            Team Salary cap – the $315 is reduced by $75K to $240 (TSC reduction for 5 allocated players in first 18 on 19 player roster) then $240K to be spread over 13 non-allocated players for average $18,462 (or approx $3,462/per above $15K min)
            – example D roster is similar to Portland roster situation but does not include trying to account for (max?) salary for Henry

            note, examples are just math exercises and NOT realistic
            the teams will most likely keep up to $15K of cap in reserve to address injury/goalkeeper replacement situations where roster relief – but not salary cap relief – is granted and there may be many other factors not addressed by math only examples.

          • guest

            Is this correct?

            Salary Cap……………315
            Morgan Allocation…..+60
            Marta’s Pay…………..(41.7)
            ……………………….———
            Leaving……………….333.3

            or 333.3/18 = $18.5 per remaining player.

          • tonysocref

            Answer would be no.
            $315,000 Team Cap
            .-$45,000 Cap hit for Federation Players (3)
            .-$41,700 Marta
            —————-
            $228,300
            Minimum salary requirements would leave them only able to have 15 more players at an average of $15,200.

          • guest

            So each fed player a charge of 15K to the salary cap, as stated by MM below. I’m catching on to this new “cap math,” slowly. Thanks, guys.

          • JL

            The federation players do not count against the salary cap. Teams that have more federation players like Portland and Chicago have to pay a certain amount to the league, who then distributes that money to the teams with fewer federation players.

          • tonysocref

            Have to 100% agree with you on this. Another way to look at it that shows how screwed up the $315,000 cap is:
            Based on a 200 player league, the average player salary for the non Federation Players (165) in 2016 was $15,321. For 2017 (168) the average would be $15,892.
            They may have raised the minimum by 52% and the maximum by 5%, but only raising the cap by 13% increases the average salary by only 4% ($571).
            Guess will see 18 player rosters announced on Monday.

          • Rdalford

            I think that we both agree that $315K cap is too low and think the probable net result will be many/most teams reduce roster size to 18 (or 19?) players. So only 180 to 190 players?

            I believe raising the Min to $15K was needed but failure to also adjust the team cap upward an appropriate amount to enable the NWSL teams to realistically carry 20 player rosters will probably result in up to 10-20 players being out of the league.

          • tonysocref

            Unfortunately a majority of those 10-20 players are going to be US players in their 2nd or 3rd year with the league who would have benefited the most from the increase.
            At this time, honestly don’t believe any of the International’s will be released unless they asked to be.

          • Steglitz49

            The time for the long knives is probably during Euro-17.

          • mockmook

            I just don’t see how the numbers add up to not losing some more good players due to low salaries — ironic that the great increase in the minimum might drive out more players than if they left it alone.

          • Steglitz49

            If they stop playing, what do they do? Stack shelves at WallMart?

          • rkmid71

            Maybe. Stacking shelves is like logistics or supply chain management? Every pro athlete male/female has the same dilemma. I recall one former NBA player became a school crossing guard — saved two kids the first 6-7 months on the job. Good health benefits too. Or they become a broadcaster, some go work for Google, go into medicine, teach/coach, real estate, etc.

          • mockmook

            Didn’t Curt Warner work in a store for a bit until he became CURT WARNER?

          • Steglitz49

            The salary cap must have some relation to potential revenue. Pay its dues, if you like.

            How much can an NWSL team reasonably hope to earn in a season? $750,000? How much of that can be devoted to players — salaries and hidden employment costs?

    • Steglitz49

      She did not bankrupt Umeå, nor Rosengård.

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  • mockmook

    In other ORL/USWNT news:

    They beat the U-23 team 3-0 today

    You’d think someone would be interested in this game

    • guest

      closed door match, U-23 lost … may be weeks before (if) us soccer post a match report. While Orlando focus (and multiple articles) is on Marta signing.

    • USMNTfan4life

      Must have been the U-23 women’s team. USWNT just lost to the FC Dallas U-15 boys team, 5-2 last Sunday. No way a boys U-23 team loses to the WNT girls. LOL.

      • mockmook

        Yes, sorry I wasn’t clear, it was the U-23 USWNT vs Orlando Pride

        • DNG

          It couldn’t have been clearer who you meant. No one would have believed that the Orlando Pride beat the U23 MNT. USMNTfan4life just took the opportunity to take a cheap shot.

      • Rizuh

        That result made the news cycle which is strange because womens team scrim boys all the time, knowing they’ll lose (usually) but they do it for quick easy matches prepping against ultra fast opponents. It’s part of the standard prep for most teams. I guess the wider sports media checks in on Woso every couple years and learns this again for seemingly the first time much to their amusement.

  • NYRick

    “Marta, Marta, Marta. Always Marta.”
    – Alex “Jan” Morgan on Orlando

    • Movement

      And the Orlando Pride just became a serious title contender.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmckMGYltuw

      • Guest

        Lineup predictions for pride?

        Marta……..Ubogagu…….Evans
        …….Edmonds…..Driesse………
        …………….Monica………………..
        SC…..AK……….LA………..AK

        • mockmook

          I wouldn’t take that prediction to the bank….

          Regardless, if Driesse is a starter on day one, I get to have the biggest “I told you so” in the history of predictions.