RENTON -- Hope Solo has found a way to keep busy as the U.S. women's soccer team waits for its chance at Olympic gold in London.
The Seattle Sounders women's soccer club announced Tuesday it has signed Solo and forward Sydney Leroux for the 2012 season.
The Sounders are part of the W-League and affiliated with the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Seattle plays in the Western Conference of the 27-team league.
"Hope is undoubtedly the best women's keeper in the game today," Sounders general manager Amy Carnell told The Seattle Times.
Solo, a Richland High graduate, who played collegiately at Washington, recently led the U.S. to the title in the CONCACAF women's qualifying tournament. She was the Golden Glove winner at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup when the Americans reached the finals before losing to Japan.
"As the landscape of women's soccer continues to evolve, we realize the unique opportunity before us," Carnell told The Seattle Times. "The addition of Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux sets the tone for what we think will be a very special year for Sounders Women's soccer."
Leroux scored five goals in one Olympic qualifying match.
"Sydney is the consummate goal scorer with an incredible attacking attitude," Sounders coach Michelle French told The Seattle Times. "She not only shows tireless effort on the offensive side of the ball, but she is very unique in that she prides herself on her defensive recovery and ability to win the ball back. She makes an impact no matter where she plays on the field."
Solo played the past three years for teams in Women's Professional Soccer but that league announced it had suspended operations for the 2012 season.