Marta is a member of the Orlando Pride now. They are scheduled to face FC Kansas City on Saturday in the Lifetime Game of the Week at 2:50pm. There will not be an endless number of opportunities to see her play. Consider an afternoon viewing, and learning, session. Before then, read this:
Let your football speak for you. Express yourself on the pitch. And when you step onto the field, your first touch will be a kick so hard that it knocks the goalkeeper on her back when she tries to stop it.
And the ball will roll into the goal.
Heads will turn towards you. But the stares won’t be for the same reasons back at home. They won’t be staring at you wondering, Why are you here?
No, this time they’ll be wondering, Are you for real?
And then someone will finally speak. It’ll be Helena Pacheco, the coordinator of the women’s senior side.
“We want her with us.”
That’s right. You belong on the field. With them. Part of this game.
Sit your daughters, or nieces, or granddaughters down and read this with them. It’s Marta’s “letter to her 14 year old self” on the Players Tribune and what a story it is. Your sons would benefit as well from sharing the story with you and their siblings. Dream big!