Brazilian star Marta joins Flash

Brazilian forward Marta, a five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, was acquired on Tuesday by expansion club Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

The South American playmaker, who turns 25 in February, led the US elite league in scoring for the second season in a row last year in helping FC Gold Pride win the WPS crown, but the team folded in November.

The Flash have taken over Marta's contract and the two-time WPS Most Valuable Player will debut with the Buffalo-based club at Boston on 17 April. WPS will have teams in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and suburban New York as well as the Flash.

Marta helped Brazil to silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Women's Football Tournament and was the top scorer in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup™.

"We're thrilled," Flash coach Aaran Lines said. "She's an extremely exciting player to watch and is important to the women's game and we are excited for her arrival."