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With the announcement by FIFA naming Brazil's Marta as their Women's World Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, I hurried to my virtual rolodex in an attempt to try to score a Brazilian perspective on the award.

Amongst the thousands of names which have found their way into my growing list of connections, I didn't expect to find too many who make the land of Carnival their home. The Brazilian population in my rural town of Winchendon, MA can probably be counted on one hand. 

Then I remembered a gentleman I had met at my first WPS Breaker's game last spring. I tried desperately to jump start my memory to recall his name.

After scurrying through every letter from A to R, I came upon the name "Marcus Santos" and knew I had struck pay-dirt.

Santos and his band Bloco Afro-Brazil, had entertained the crowd of Breaker's fans playing their Brazilian styled beat from the end zone of historic Harvard Stadium.

They added a Brazilian flare to the game reminiscent of the World Cup and created an excitement which would become synonymous with Breaker brand soccer as the season went on.

Since the Breakers were playing Marta and the Los ...

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