I am sure that like me, most of you wondered how the Sounders Women could possibly afford the star power that they have signed for this season. I wondered how the new ownership could possibly throw that much money at the few players with big names, and still afford to field an entire high quality team. I wondered how the heck they enticed the great Hope Solo to come play for us, before she and her teammates run off to win the gold in the Olympics. If you look at the team that they have signed, almost every one of them has ties to the Pacific Northwest. Sydney Leroux is from Surrey, British Columbia; Hope is from Richland, Washington; Alex Morgan is dating Servando Carrasco from the Seattle Sounders FC; Megan Rapinoe played for the University of Portland; Veronica Perez is a UW Husky; Megan Manthey is from Ferndale, Washington; Kate Deines is from Issaquah, Washington; Lyndsey Elston was a Husky; and Keelin Winters went to the University of Portland. Seven of those players have worn the USA jersey, Veronica plays on the Mexican National team. Holy cow! That’s some serious soccer, right there.
It’s the local ties, not the money. I was shocked, and slightly appalled that these women have signed one year “contracts” which I’m told is the normal length of contracts in the W-League, for $0 dollars. That’s right, ZERO, nada, zip, nothin! The W-League is amateur in nature. That means that the current college girls on the roster would lose their eligibility to play if the Pros were paid. So, my fellow Sounder fans, these women are putting their passion for top quality play in front of their need to make a living.
How can you not love them? HOW?
Alex Morgan is rumored to be the next big-name signing by the Sounders Women, sources close to the situation have indicated to Sounder at Heart. Her signing could be announced next week.
The signing would make a lot of sense, even though Morgan was listed as playing in the WPSL in a recent press release. Morgan’s WPS team, the Western New York Flash, have joined the WPSL, but there now appears to be no mention of Morgan on their website. Further evidence that would point to Morgan’s joining the Sounders is that she’s currently dating Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Servando Carrasco.
The trio is expected to suit up about eight times for the Sounders. They will likely play four regular-season home matches, one away match and three exhibition games. The season-opener is currently scheduled for May 20 at Starfire Sports Complex. The team is still trying to rearrange parts of its schedule to help accomodate these players’ international duties, as well as avoid some conflicts with Sounders FC. Those changes are expected to be finalized next week.