By AVI CREDITOR
A day after St. Louis welcomed home Steve Ralston, the city appears to be in position to add another top-notch soccer star.
St. Louis Athletica has traded for the top spot in the Los Angeles Sol dispersal draft, sending three players and its second-round pick in the dispersal draft to the expansion Atlanta Beat.
Athletica is now in position to add another U.S. Women's National Team star to its roster, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates that the team will select Shannon Boxx with the pick. The team already has Lori Chalupny and Hope Solo.
Why wouldn't St. Louis select Marta and reunite her with former Brazil coach Jorge Barcellos? The Post-Dispatch adds that since the four-time reigning FIFA World Player of the Year's contract is held by the league, she will likely be held out of the draft and be assigned to a team.
Atlanta acquired Kia McNeill, Angie Kerr and the rights to 2010 St. Louis draft pick Amanda Poach. The team also sent a second-round pick in the 2011 WPS Draft to St. Louis to complete the deal.
BENJANI BEATS TRANSFER BUZZER
Technical difficulties didn't stop the Premier League from allowing the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari from Manchester City to Sunderland.
The Zimbabwe captain will join the Black Cats on loan after the EPL ruled that Sunderland had attempted to complete the deal prior to the transfer window deadline. Problems with the club's e-mail, fax and phone connections prevented the paperwork from being filed on time.
JAPAN, VENEZUELA DRAW
World Cup-bound Japan and Venezuela played to a scoreless draw Tuesday in an international friendly.
Japan was drawn into Group E in this summer's World Cup, where it'll compete with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon.
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