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Wednesday Wrap-Up: 12-year-old Brazilian star, Morgan hat trick and player signings

It might be a bit early to start looking for ‘the next Marta’ since the world’s most talented women’s soccer player is still very much in her prime at just 26 years old, but one San Diego Surf youngster is sure making a case for herself.

Catarina Macário is a young Brazilian who plays for the San Diego Surf Soccer Club. At just 12 years old, she already looks like a masterful dribbler – truly joga bonito. Oh, and she has connections to Santos, just like Marta. Check out the video below:

Germany won the Algarve Cup in a 4-3 thriller over Japan on Wednesday in the final. The United States claimed third place with an emphatic 4-0 win over Sweden, led by a hat trick from Alex Morgan, the first of her career. More on the day’s Algarve Cup action here.

In the Cyprus Cup, France beat Canada 2-0 on Tuesday in the final. If you don’t think France is an Olympic medal contender, think again.

On Tuesday, the U.S. U-20 women beat Panama 6-0 in their final group game at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. That caps off three-straight 6-0 victories for the U.S. U-20’s to start the tournament.

Oh hey, one of the federations involved actually acknowledged that long-rumored Brazil-Canada friendly at Gillette Stadium on March 24. Sadly, the New England Revolution broke the official word on that instead of the federations. Canada is yet to formally announce the friendly, although the CSA did announce an away friendly against Sweden on March 31.

Ashleigh Gunning wrote about the Joseph Kony in her latest blog, a man who may soon be feeling the effects of how powerful social media can be if Wednesday’s online response is any indication.

Not to be forgotten are recent player signings in the W-League and WPSL Elite League. The biggest recent signing is Lori Chalupny, who has latched on with the Chicago Red Stars. Chalupny is very much the best American not on the national team, but that story continues to regurgitate without any updates (U.S. doctors won’t clear her).

Katy Deines has also joined the Seattle Sounders Women and Angela Salem is now a member of the WPSL Elite League’s Western New York Flash.

In case you missed it, the Colorado Force W-League team is now the Colorado Rapids Women. The partnership is an encouraging one, but don’t fall for thinking a ‘WMLS’ is imminent. These are club-by-club scenarios and there is still no hard cash being invested by MLS teams in these women’s programs.


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