If the new U.S. women's pro league scheduled to launch
in 2009 is to have any chance of getting off the ground, an essential first step is to sign the great young Marta
, who scored two goals against the USA in
Brazil's 4-0 win in the semifinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup.
According to Swedish newspaper Expressen
, Marta, who's been dubbed the Pele
soccer for her extraordinary skills and scoring ability, was offered the equivalent of 7 million Swedish kronor ($1.1 million) for seven seasons by AEG to play for its Los Angeles team in the
proposed league, but she re-signed with her Swedish club, Umea, for the 2008 season.
Umea agreed to double Marta's monthly salary of 50,000 kronor ($187,000 per year) to remain in
Sweden. Umea recently captured its third straight Swedish league title.
Marta, who joined Umea in 2004, is one of five foreigners at the Swedish club along with Brazil teammate Elaine
, Norwegians June Pederson
and Lisa Klaveness
and Swiss Ramona Bachmann
Marta's two goals Saturday in Umea's 5-3 win at Djurgarden in their Damallsvenskan finale gave her 25 goals for the season.
Clubs in the
12-team Damallsvenskan, which plays a 22-game season, attract many of the world's top players.