WUSA: Four Brazilians signed

The Women's United Soccer Association has signed a second group of eight foreign players, including four from the Brazilian team that took third place in the 1999 Women's World Cup: midfielder Sissi and forwards Katia, Roseli and Pretinha. Also in this group are three key players from the German team that won the bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics -- forward Marin Meinert, midfielder Bettina Wiegmann and defender Doris Fitschen -- plus midfielder Homare Sawa from Japan's World Cup team. The 16 foreign players, including the original group of eight signees, have been grouped in pairs. The pairings are to allow each player to start out in the WUSA -- where possible -- with a teammate with whom she is already familiar for the foreign player draft on Monday: Forward Roseli and forward Pretinha of Brazil. Midfielder Sissi and forward Katia of Brazil. Midfielder Bettina Wiegmann and forward Marin Meinert of Germany. Forward Charmaine Hooper of Canada and midfielder Homare Sawa of Japan. Forward Kelly Smith of England and defender Doris Fitschen of Germany. Forward Ann Kristin Aarones and defender Gro Espeseth of Norway. Midfielder Hege Riise and goalkeeper Bente Nordby of Norway. Defender Kristin Bengtsson and goalkeeper Ulrika Karlsson of Sweden.
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