Frida Östberg come-back in USA?

Frida Östberg, who just recently made a very emotional farewell to football, is in talks with the American club Chicago Red Stars about a possible come-back to the game. Jim Houghton, the club's marketing director, points out that they are serious in trying to get Frida to USA: "We have talked to her several times and she says that she is interested. Otherwise we wouldn't have aquired the WPS playing rights to her." Frida has not been available for comments.
Frida Östberg announced her retirement from football just before her final match for Umeå, the 6-0 defeat of Arsenal in the Women's Cup quarterfinal. She said she didn't feel like she was able to give her all to the game any longer and was hoping to be able to spend more time with her boyfriend, who lives in Holland. But it seems like a new deal in a new league could motivate her for football again.
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Chicago Red Stars: Red Stars Aquire Rights to Sweden's Frida Östberg

Three Swedish players are currently in some kind of talks with WPS clubs; Frida Östberg and Caroline Jönsson with Chicago and Sara Larsson with St. Louis. They are all around 30 years old, well established national team players and approaching the end of their careers. It seems like that is what it takes to dare take the jump to the start-up league.

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What do you mean "It seems like that is what it takes" ? Which thing do you mean? Being 30, being established, or being near the end of their careers? Is this a thinly-veiled insult about our WPS' not so explosively successful pre-beginnings?

Fact is, 29-30 is far too young to retire.

The reason women quit soccer early is largely that they don't make enough money to rationalize such abnormal schedules for so long. And that is a big waste of world-class talent.

Even if I could NOT list 1000 examples of why age 30 is practically an extended adolescence of athletic ability (ultra-runner Diane Van Deren, 48, the most accomplished female endurance trail runner in the USA; Dara Torres a medalist at 41, et al), the bigger point is that the players you mentioned are all still bursting with world-class skill. What does age 30 have to do with it?

Forty is the new 30. And maybe Sweden is the new Brazil! Or is it that Brazil has become the new Germany... even though Germany is in recent decline? Wait. So that would mean that Germany is the new Norway, therefore Brazil= the old Norway?

Doesn't matter. Point is, it's not like we can only get players who are the twilight of their careers. And I can back that up as soon as 2010 comes around.

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