Victoria Frederick (photos by Jane Gershovich, SoundersWomen.com)
Tukwila, WA - The Sounders Women have officially signed four more players for the 2012 W-League campaign. The Sounders add three college graduates and a local high school standout, who is headed to the University of Washington in the fall. The signees are Sophie Reiser (Columbia U.), Victoria Frederick (Alabama), Kara Kuttler (Seattle U.), and Isabel Farrell (to U.W.).
Reiser, Frederick, and Kuttler have all played for the Sounders Women in years past. For the 17 year old, Farrell, this will be her first season with the organization.
“Coach French and staff have worked tirelessly evaluating players as we move closer to our season opener,” GM, Amy Carnell said. “This talented group will surely add depth in a number of key positions.”
Sophie Reiser led the Sounders Women in goals in 2011. She did this without even playing the entire season. Reiser tore her ACL late in the season and was forced to miss the W-League Final Four. Before joining the Sounders in 2011, she played professionally for the WPS Chicago Red Stars. Reiser was drafted in 2010 after being named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while competing for Columbia University. Sophie also brings experience from the U.S. U-23 National Team.
Kara Kuttler rejoins the Sounders Women after graduating from Seattle University. The 5’10 forward is 9th All-Time in goals scored for the Seattle University. She was the first player from Seattle U. to be selected to the NSCAA All-Region Team in Division I soccer. Kuttler scored the 4th goal of the Sounders first preseason match against Seattle Pacific University.
Victoria Frederick returns to the Sounders Women after playing during the 2010 season. The Alabama graduate will be one of the fastest players in the W-League this season. In her final season at Alabama, Frederick tied for the team lead with 14 points, and started every one of the Crimson Tides’ 18 matches. She is a dynamic player, who has played forward, wing, and outside back during the Sounders’ exhibition season. Victoria scored the final goal of the first exhibition game.
Isabel Farrell is one of the brightest stars in American soccer. Farrell has played multiple matches for the U.S. U-18 National Team. The midfielder was recently awarded the Washington State, Gatorade Player of the Year. She has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Washington this coming fall.
“Izzy is an extremely hardworking, skillful, and intelligent central midfield player,” Washington Head Coach, Lesle Gallimore, said. “She has outstanding vision, the skill set to execute successfully under pressure, and a tactical awareness that you normally see in much older and more experienced players. She is flat out fun to watch!”
The Sounders Women wrapped up their exhibition season with three wins and zero losses. Their combined scoring margin was 13-1. Next up is the W-League regular season with starts on May 27 in Vancouver, BC.
The first Sounders Regular Season home match is on May 31st at 7 pm against the Colorado Rush. Tickets can be purchased on the club’s website; www.SoundersWomen.com.