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Ranked #4 in the World, Brazilian Women's Soccer Team Plays at Bowditch [VIDEO]

Before they head off to Japan to play the #1 ranked United States Womens' Soccer Team in the Challenge Cup, the Brazilian Women's National Soccer team played an exhibition game in Framingham.

Ranked fourth in the world, the , minus their star player Marta Vieira da Silva.

The 2012 Summer Olympic-bound Brazilian team defeated Franklin Pierce, a Division II college team from New Hampshire, 9-0 in an exhibition game.

With the wind whipping and temperatures in the mid 40s, youth soccer players and their families and members of the Brazilian community watched a World Cup caliber team Thursday afternoon. Covered in blankets and waving green & yellow flags, locals cheered on the Brazilian national team.

That game hosted by the New England Revolution was a warmup for both teams, which are expected to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Five-time World Player of the Year winner da Silva missed the Framingham stop, as she was in Sweeden with her club team. Da Silva, who won the WPS Golden Boot for the third consecutive year, was in Foxboro on Saturday, March 24 when Brazil lost to #7 ranked Canada 2-1.

The New England Revolution brought the World Cup team to Framingham Thursday.

Craig Tornberg, New England Revolution’s vice president, said Framingham with its facility (Bowditch) and huge Brazilian population was an obvious choice for the last minute exhibition game.

Former Franklin Pierce soccer player , a four-time All-American for the Ravens from 2006-09, is a member of the Brazilian national  team, which is why Franklin Pierce played in the exhibition game.

Brazil next travels to Japan to play in the Challenge Cup.

The Brazilian team is expected to compete against the 2011 World Cup Champion and #3 ranked Japanese team and the #1 ranked United States women's team.

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Guy Angevine March 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Shoot I had money on Franklin Pierce. Does anybody know why this was all announced at the last minute?
Jim Rizoli March 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM
They were waiting for ICE to come but they lost their keys to the bus. Jim@ccfiile.com

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