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Slew of signings in women’s soccer

Stephanie Cox
Stephanie Cox

U.S. national team defender Stephanie Cox will play for the Seattle Sounders Women this summer. (Photo Credit: Patricia Giobetti /

One phrase comes to mind after the past 24 hours or so of WPSL Elite League and W-League signings: ‘Anything you can do, I can do better.’

On Wednesday, the Seattle Sounds Women announced yet another signing that will see United States defender Stephanie Cox join U.S. teammates Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe for a few games in the Emerald City.

Then the press releases really started rolling out. Thursday’s announcements included some big names from some big name teams.

The Western New York Flash put pen to paper with Spanish striker Adriana (we told you they’d sign a Spanish international…just had some hunch – and maybe hope – that it would be Vero) as well as U.S. midfielder Lori Lindsey. Both players had signed with the WPS-era Flash in the past few months, but had to resign after all WPS contracts were voided. The Flash also added goalkeeper Alli Lipsher and rookie forward Stephanie Ochs out of San Diego. All four are very valuable signings.

Elsewhere in the WPSL Elite League, the New York Fury made a splash by signing midfielders Allie Long and Gina DiMartino. Long is an underrated, versatile midfielder who did well in the holding role for an otherwise average 2011 Sky Blue FC team. DiMartino joins her sister, Tina (another underrated midfielder), with the Fury.

Speaking of the DiMartino sisters in the WPSL Elite League, Vicki DiMartino will play for the New England Mutiny, who also signed Alexa Gaul and Kacey Richards.

Thursday capped off with the Vancouver Whitecaps announcing the signing of Daneille Johnson and Mele French, two former WPS players.

The clash of ideals between the WPSL Elite League and W-League will play out on the field on May 12 when the WPSL Elite League’s Boston Breakers head to the Maryland SoccerPlex to take on the W-League’s D.C. United.


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