TUKWILA – U.S. national team members made their mark Monday in leading the revamped and star-studded Sounders Women to a 5-0 win over Seattle Pacific University before a standing-room crowd of at least 4,500 at Starfire Sports Stadium.
Alex Morgan had a goal and an assist, Sydney Leroux had an assist, and Hope Solo made it all stand up by keeping a clean sheet through her 82 minutes in goal.
The friendly marked the debut of the Sounders Women since their signing of national team members Solo, Morgan, Leroux and Stephanie Cox of Gig Harbor, who were in uniform Monday. A fifth national team player – midfielder Megan Rapinoe – will join later.
“I felt good about our first time playing together,” Morgan said. “We haven’t been able to practice a lot together. It’s good.”
The scoring began in the sixth minute as Morgan headed down a corner kick and Puyallup High School grad Lyndsey Patterson knocked it home.
Veronica Perez of the University of Washington, Kara Kuttler of Seattle University and Victoria Frederick of the University of Alabama capped the scoring with late goals.
Sounders Women preseason continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Seattle University at Starfire.
Their W-League season begins May 27 at Vancouver, B.C.