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Marta will sign with L.A. women’s team

Marta, one of the most accomplished female soccer player in the world, is close to finalizing a deal to play for the Los Angeles Sol when Women’s Professional Soccer launches its inaugural season in March.

Marta Viera da Silva, a Brazilian striker of dazzling skills and better known simply as Marta, could make the formal announcement at the annual FIFA World Gala in Zurich on Monday.

The 21-year-old forward and her agent, Fabiano Farah, are settling on a contract with AEG that would make Marta the showpiece player in WPS and in all likelihood its highest-paid performer.

No details on the contract have been revealed, and AEG, which also owns the Galaxy, has been reluctant to talk about the negotiations, which have been going on for several months.

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“We do not have a signed contract,” Scott Hanley, vice president of AEG Sports, said Thursday. “Negotiations are moving forward and we hope to have an agreement signed within the next two weeks.”

WPS’s inaugural game will be played March 29 in Carson and will feature the Sol against the Washington Freedom and its standout player, American forward Abby Wambach.

Interliga

Mexico’s two biggest soccer rivals, Club America of Mexico City and Chivas of Guadalajara, will be trying to avoid upsets tonight and thus set up a potentially explosive Group B final Sunday in the Interliga tournament.

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Club America will play Atlas at 6 p.m. at the Home Depot Center, with Chivas taking on the UANL Tigres at 9.

The game is sold out.

In Thursday night’s Group A semifinals, Morelia defeated Pachuca, 3-0, and Toluca beat UAG, 2-0.

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grahame.jones@latimes.com


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