Megan Rapinoe added to Seattle W-League team that already signed Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux.

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Once again, Seattle drew the attention of soccer fans across the country.

And once again it was because of a major signing by the Sounders Women.

The W-League team added another U.S. women’s national team star Thursday, announcing that midfielder Megan Rapinoe had signed for the 2012 season. She is expected to be available for four to five home games and one road game as her commitments with the national team allow — similar to the cases of goalkeeper Hope Solo and forwards Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux.

A University of Portland product, Rapinoe has 12 goals in 47 international games. She is perhaps best known for providing a pinpoint cross to forward Abby Wambach to set up a dramatic equalizer against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Rapinoe had a goal and three assists in the U.S. women’s second-place World Cup finish last summer.

“Megan is one of the most entertaining players in the game today,” said general manager Amy Carnell in a news release. “A difference-maker in the 2011 World Cup, Megan plays with a level of flare and passion that is rarely seen.”

The Sounders Women signed Mexican international Veronica Perez, who played collegiately at Washington, on Wednesday.

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Superstar scores
The Sounders Women have added four U.S. national-team standouts to their roster this offseason:
Player Position Hometown (college) U.S. team games
Hope Solo goalkeeper Richland (UW) 112
Sydney Leroux forward Phoenix (UCLA) 8
Alex Morgan forward Diamond Bar, Calif. (Cal) 36
Megan Rapinoe midfielder Redding, Calif. (Portland) 47