TUKWILA, Wash. – At this pace, the Seattle Sounders Women soccer team will just need to be renamed Sounders USA.
The Sounders Women announced last week it signed World Cup star and University of Portland graduate Megan Rapinoe for the 2012 season. She's the fourth Team USA member signed by the Sounders Women in recent weeks.
Rapinoe, a midfielder, made up one half of the stunning stoppage time goal that sent the U.S. to overtime in the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal with Brazil. Rapinoe, who was brought in as a sub, sent a cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute that Wambach knocked into the goal with her head.
Rapinoe would also score in a penalty shootout, helping the U.S. beat Brazil on the way to a second place finish in the World Cup.
“A difference maker in the 2011 World Cup, Megan plays with a level of flair and passion that is rarely seen,” said Sounders Women General Manager, Amy Carnell. “Watching Megan you learn to expect the unexpected, raw emotion and pure guts to the final whistle is what you get.”
Rapinoe joins goalkeeper Hope Solo, a University of Washington graduate, forward Alex Morgan and forward Sydney Leroux on the Sounders Women team.