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In another major move, the Sounders Women have signed U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe (pictured, right) for the 2012 season, the team announced Thursday.
Rapinoe, a University of Portland product, is expected to be available for four or five home games and one away game for the upcoming W-League season. She has 12 goals in her 47 USWNT, but is better known for her assists. You might remember her perfect cross to Abby Wambach to set up a dramatic equalizer in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“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. Watching Megan you learn to expect the unexpected, raw emotion and pure guts to the final whistle is what you get.”
Rapinoe is certainly in the same class as her high-profile teammates Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux. She had a goal and three assists in last summer’s World Cup, including one apiece in the team’s quarterfinal, semifinal and the final.
She had 30 goals and 25 assists in her college career was selected second overall in the 2009 WPS Draft to Chicago Red Stars. That year she was a first-team all-star; she played for the Philadelphia Independence and MagicJack last year.
“Stemming from her leadership and success at the University of Portland, Megan has continued to evolve and grow into one of the most exciting, unpredictable, creative, and flashy players in the women’s game,” said coach Michelle French in the release.
Is there even more to come from the Sounders Women?
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