Red, white and blue ... and Rave Green? The Sounders Women signed their fifth member of the U.S. women's national team Wednesday, adding...
Red, white and blue … and Rave Green?
The Sounders Women signed their fifth member of the U.S. women’s national team Wednesday, adding defender Stephanie Cox to an already impressive roster.
A Gig Harbor native, Cox is signed for the 2012 season and is expected to be available for seven of Seattle’s 10 home games. She has made 81 national-team appearances and has FIFA Women’s World Cup experience.
Cox, like the Sounders Women’s many other stars, will not be paid as the W-League is primarily an amateur league. With Women’s Professional Soccer suspending its operations for the 2012 season, many top women’s players are exploring other options and joining lower leagues.
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General manager Amy Carnell hopes the excitement after signing several stars — including Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux and Cox — will help the future of the sport, and perhaps lead to a professional women’s team in Seattle as soon as next year.
“Early on, we told fans this would be a special season for Sounders Women’s soccer, but speaking boldly, this season is about much more,” Carnell said in a statement. “As the future of women’s soccer hangs in the balance, we’ve got a lot at stake and everything to prove.
“We have the opportunity to set the bar for women’s soccer in this country and show that Seattle is a place where a 10-year-old girl can dream, where women’s sport is valued, and where a community with such passion for the game can actually change it.”
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