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July 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Sounders Women pair named to All-Western Conference team (Wednesday links)

sounders womenThe W-League announced its all-conference teams Tuesday and two Sounders Women were honored from the West: goalkeeper Erin McNulty and midfielder Melissa Busque.

Busque was also named to the more prestigious all-league team.

The finalists for Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year, Rookie of the Year and MVP will be announced Thursday, and the awards (including Goalkeeper of the Year) will be presented at the W-League Championship banquet on Saturday.

Here were some notes from the Sounders Women:

McNulty tied for second in the W-League with seven wins and three shutouts. She also posted 65 saves, ranking third in the nation. The two keepers with more saves did not win a single game, making McNulty the top shot stopper in key moments of important matches.

Melissa Busque’s fantastic season earned her a first-team cap for the Canadian national team this year. Amidst her start against Germany in June, she scored three goals for the Sounders Women and added one assist. Busque’s skill was utilized in a wide range from holding midfield to forward on the season.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Despite Sounders FC characterizing Fredy Montero‘s move as a loan, Sporting Lisbon’s president told media Tuesday that the forward would be with the Portuguese club for five years (reports here, here and here), so I wouldn’t get too hung up on the verbiage. Even Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said it was more complicated than just a loan. Sporting has a photo gallery of Montero’s unveiling here.

— Levante defender David Navarro said on Spanish radio that he has a four-year contract offer from the Sounders. The prices mentioned in this story make it seem unlikely to work out, however.

DeAndre Yedlin got some more good press as he was No. 2 overall in last week’s Castrol Index ratings and made the SBI Team of the Week.

Obafemi Martins had some interesting life stories to tell at SoundersFC.com.

— Around MLS, the Red Bulls signed another brother of a well-known player, Vancouver extended the contract of DP forward Kenny Miller, and FC Dallas loaned a reserve goalkeeper out to an NASL team.

— FC Dallas’ Eric Hassli and Real Salt Lake’s Chris Wingert were suspended in the latest round from the MLS Disciplinary Committee. Also, Sporting Kansas City has been profiled by just about everyone recently, including The New York Times.

— Reign FC dropped in the NWSL power rankings after its latest defeat to FC Kansas City, and this update from the league shows Seattle is on the cusp of playoff elimination (no surprise at this point). FCKC forward Erika Tymrak won NWSL Player of the Week for her one goal, one assist performance against the Reign.

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