After a few days of speculation, the Sounders Women confirmed the signing of U.S. women’s national team forward Alex Morgan, pending federation approval. The 22-year-old forward is the third major addition by the W-League team, joining goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Sydney Leroux, who were signed two weeks ago.
“Alex is a world class player who has proven herself well beyond her 22 years,” said general manager Amy Carnell in a news release. “Her breakout World Cup performance sets the stage for what will be an exciting Sounders Women’s Season.”
Morgan has 16 goals in 32 appearances for the national team since her 2010 debut. She was the youngest player on U.S. World Cup team last summer and scored in the final, though the team eventually lost to Japan in a penalty-kick shootout.
A native of Diamond Bar, Calif., Morgan is also the longtime girlfriend of Sounders FC midfielder Servando Carrasco. The two met in college at Cal.
“I am excited to play in a city that is so passionate about soccer,” Morgan said in the release. “The Sounders have been one of if not the best fan support in MLS. I can only imagine how Seattle fans would respond to having a full professional women’s team in the future.”
The Sounders Women will play at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Schedule and season-ticket information will be announced Tuesday.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post said Morgan scored in extra time to give the U.S. women the lead. Morgan actually scored earlier in the game and had the assist in extra time on Abby Wambach’s goal.