A report out of Seattle states that United States star forward Alex Morgan will play for the Seattle Sounders Women in 2012, joining U.S. teammates Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux.
Jeremiah Oshan at Sounder At Heart is reporting that the deal could be announced next week. Seattle General Manager Amy Carnell hinted at some more big things to come when she joined me on “This Week in Women’s Soccer” last week and there have been rumblings of another big signing coming to Seattle. Could this be it? There is a connection with Morgan dating Sounders FC midfielder Servando Carrasco, although that is not direct evidence of her imminent signing.
A source close to Morgan confirmed the report with me late on Friday night. Indeed, the pieces all add up, as Oshan writes. Thus, the waiting begins on an announcement out of Seattle. And if it does not come immediately, remember that the U.S. is in Portugal right now. It might make sense to have Morgan stateside and available for interviews, but that’s just my two cents.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Don’t expect to see the United States women’s games at the Algarve Cup on webcasts. A U.S. Soccer spokesperson called it “unlikely” because U.S. Soccer does not have TV rights. The tournament is being played in Portugal.
Also, as reported last week, the United States women will be getting new uniforms this year, but they will not be revealed at the Algarve Cup. The unveiling date is TBD. The U.S. women just got new kits for the World Cup last year, but they will again change their look for the Olympics.
Soccer America has a good piece on Lindsay Horan, a top young U.S. striker.
You’ll have to translate this article from Brazil, but Sky Blue FC owner Thomas Hofstetter is quoted as saying $45-$50 million was lost. That is, presumably, a sum of all team and league losses added over three seasons. I’m awaiting confirmation of this.
UPDATE: Here are those quotes from Hofstetter, among a few others.
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