Rising women's star Alex Morgan has a new club, and it means she'll be spending more time with her boyfriend.
Morgan, 22, signed Monday with the Seattle Sounders' W-League team, joining fellow U.S. national-teamers Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux for the upcoming season in the United Soccer Leagues' women's competition.
The striker from Diamond Bar, who has 16 goals in 32 international appearances and made huge splashes at last year's Women's World Cup and last month's CONCACAF qualifiers for the London Olympics, was a rookie last year for the Western New York Flash in Women's Professional Soccer. With WPS going on hiatus, her contract with the Flash doesn't carry over into this season, in which the club will play in a new “elite” division of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the W-League's rival.
“I am excited to play in a city that is so passionate about soccer,” Morgan said in a release from the Sounders Women. “The Sounders [has] one of if not the best fan support in MLS. I can only imagine how Seattle fans would respond to having a full professional women’s team in the future.”
Morgan knows the Sounders well. Her boyfriend, Servando Carrasco -- they've been together since her freshman year at Cal -- is a second-year midfielder for the Major League Soccer club.
Morgan is in Portugal with the national team for the annual Algarve Cup, which begins Wednesday, with the U.S. taking on Denmark.