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March 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Sounders Women make another big move, sign USWNT defender Stephanie Cox

sounders women.jpgThe Sounders Women announced the signing of U.S. women’s national team defender Stephanie Cox for the 2012 season on Wednesday.

A Gig Harbor native and University of Portland product, Cox has made 81 national team appearances and joins an impressive roster that already includes USWNT stars Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux.

Cox is expected to be available for seven of the W-League team’s 10 home games.

GM Amy Carnell has the bigger picture in mind according to a statement in the news release.

“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. “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.”

The start of preseason is less than two weeks away, starting with an April 9 exhibition against Seattle Pacific at Starfire. Tickets are available at SoundersWomen.com.

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