Marta leads her own team to victory

[WPS] Brazilian star Marta scored two goals in the first eight minutes to lead the Marta XI to a 5-2 win over the Abby XI in the in the Women's Professional Soccer All-Star game played on Wednesday night before a crowd announced at 4,610 at Kennesaw State University's new stadium outside Atlanta.

Marta's FC Gold Pride teammate, Christine Sinclair, scored in the 31st minute to extend Marta XI’s lead to 3-0.

"I think the game was a great game," said Marta. "We gave the fans what they came for which was to have fun and enjoy it.  Of course, I’m really happy because we won the game.  I think when you get together this many good players, it makes it easy for anybody on the field.  When you look at everybody on the field, they are the top players in the world right now. So it’s easy and enjoyable to play."

Philadelphia's Amy Rodriguez added a goal and an assist for the victors while Sky Blue FC's Heather O’Reilly chipped in two assists in a losing effort.

June 30 in Kennesaw, Ga.
Marta's XI 5 Abby's XI 2.
Goals:
MRT: Marta (Kelly Smith) 7'
MRT: Marta (Unassisted) 9'
MRT: Christine Sinclair (Unassisted) 31'
ABY: Eniola Aluko (Unassisted) 35'
MRT: Aya Miyama (Amy Rodriguez) 74'
ABY: Lauren Cheney (Heather O'Reilly) 78'
MRT: Amy Rodriguez (Cristiane) 80'
Lineups:
Marta's XI — Erin McLeod (Nicole Barnhart, 57'), Brittany Taylor, Allison Falk (Christie Rampone, 46'), Rachel Buehler (Becky Sauerbrunn, 46'), Sonia Bompastor, Kelly Smith (Alex Scott, 46'), Kristine Lilly, Ramona Bachmann, Aya Miyama (Cristiane, 46'), Marta, Christine Sinclair (Amy Rodriguez, 46')

Abby's XI — Hope Solo (Jillian Loyden, 56'), Cat Whitehill, Amy LePeilbet, Tina Ellertson, Lori Chalupny, Lori Lindsey (Laura Kalmari, 57'), Shannon Boxx (Angie Kerr, 57'), Lauren Cheney (Karen Carney, 52'), Heather O'Reilly (Kelley O'Hara, 52'), Eniola Aluko (Tasha Kai, 52'), Abby Wambach

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