Monday, May 1, 2017
The Sounders Women add seven more to the 2017 squad
With an already loaded roster coming together for the Sounders Women 2017 season, head coach Kim Calkins has brought in seven more stellar college soccer players to compete for the WPSL title.
Maddie Elliston, Penn State University, brings her talents after redshirting the 2016 college season to start all six games at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
“Looking into my future plans, competing with the Seattle Sounders, I am extremely excited and cannot wait to play with such a talented group of players,” said Elliston, “It is always exciting to play in a new environment with new teammates. New and competitive environments create opportunity for great development.”
Jalen Woodward, a D1 National Champion at USC in 2016, returns to Seattle for the summer having played her youth soccer at Crossfire Premier before heading to California for her freshman year.
“I’m really looking forward to playing with the Sounders Women this summer. I know it will be such a great and competitive environment along with an experienced coaching staff that will help me continue to develop as a player, get in some quality games, and prepare me for my sophomore season at USC. I’m so happy to be back in Seattle potentially playing with and against some Seattle area women’s soccer players,” explained Woodward.
Sierra Shugarts, the NSCAA National Player of the Year in D2 for the 2016 National Champion Western Washington University Vikings, has also committed to play for the Sounders Women this summer. Shugarts was the GNAC Player of the Year, a 1st Team All-American, and 1st Team All GNAC.
Shugarts explained her commitment with, “I hope to experience competing against the best and with the best as well as getting a different perspective of my personal game by playing with different players.”
Another Penn State University star, Shea Moyer comes to the Sounders Women with experience with the United States U14, U15, U18 and U20 National Teams.
“I’m so excited to play for the Seattle Sounders Women this summer,” said Moyer, “I’m really looking forward to improving individually by competing with other high quality players and learning from esteemed coaches.”
After playing the 2016 WPSL season with the Sounders Women, Karli White will bring her scoring ways back to the rave green in 2017. White played the past two years at Seattle University where she was an All WAC selection both years before transferring to Western Washington this year.
“The Sounders provide a very competitive atmosphere and I’m looking forward to playing alongside some really talented girls and improving my game,” said White.
Mariah Lee, a Stanford University player with roots in the northwest, will return to play for the Sounders Women. A Washington Premier FC youth player with scoring talent, the 2015 All PAC-12 Academic honorable mention will add depth to the Sounders Women roster.
“I am looking forward to being back in my home state this summer. Washington produces great soccer players on both the men’s and the women’s side,” said Lee, “I am excited for the opportunity to play with former, current, and future teammates-some of the country’s best players-and many who hail from Washington State.”
Emily Ogle rounds out the group from Penn State University and the United States U20 Women’s National Team. Ogle redshirted as well in 2016 and she started all six games at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup for the United States.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to play for the Sounders Women this summer. I’m looking forward to meeting some new players, learning new things from an awesome coaching staff, and being in an environment that challenges me every day,” said Ogle, “It should be a lot of fun and I’m really excited for this upcoming season.”
The Sounders Women kick off the 2017 WPSL season on May 27th at NSGSC in Vancouver, Canada. The Sounders Women open the home slate on June 2nd at Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Washington with a tilt versus ISC Gunners at 7:30pm. For tickets and the complete schedule, please visit www.sounderswomen.com.
Sounders U23/Sounders Women
The Sounders U23 and Sounders Women teams are owned and operated by owners Lane Smith, Cliff McElroy, and Mike Jennings.
The Sounders U23 play in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Sounders Women play in the WPSL. Featuring current college age amateur players with former international and professional stars, both the PDL and the WPSL provide elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes. Both the PDL and the WPSL are recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans throughout North America. The Sounders U23 team is the direct PDL affiliate to the Sounders FC first team and USL S2 team.
Sounders U23/Sounders Women VP/GM: Darren Sawatzky (Darrens@SoundersU23.com)