Sounders Women add defender Stephanie Cox
Red, white and blue ... and Rave Green? The Sounders Women signed their fifth member of the U.S. women's national team Wednesday, adding...
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Red, white and blue ... and Rave Green?
The Sounders Women signed their fifth member of the U.S. women's national team Wednesday, adding defender Stephanie Cox to an already impressive roster.
A Gig Harbor native, Cox is signed for the 2012 season and is expected to be available for seven of Seattle's 10 home games. She has made 81 national-team appearances and has FIFA Women's World Cup experience.
Cox, like the Sounders Women's many other stars, will not be paid as the W-League is primarily an amateur league. With Women's Professional Soccer suspending its operations for the 2012 season, many top women's players are exploring other options and joining lower leagues.
General manager Amy Carnell hopes the excitement after signing several stars — including Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux and Cox — will help the future of the sport, and perhaps lead to a professional women's team in Seattle as soon as next year.
"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 in a statement. "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."
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