2003 May 9

From today's Sounders news release:

Sounders Women Set To Begin This Weekend

(Seattle, WA) - The Seattle Sounders Women kick off their twelve-match season in Vancouver on Sunday, May 11th against their rivals, the Vancouver Breakers. The Sounders are looking to begin their season on a positive note by capturing an early victory.

The Sounders Women's twelve-match season includes four matches against the Breakers. Last year's record of 1-3 against the Breakers does not at all represent the goals that Sounders Women's coach Dick McCormick has for the lady Sounders this season.

Returning Sounders starters include Brenda Mueller and Janelle Munnis, last year's leading scorers. New signees include the University of Washington's Melissa Bennit (offensive midfielder/forward) and Nicole Martinez (defensive midfielder). McCormick noted one strength of this year's team is their depth.

Christine Sinclair is one of the threats on the Vancouver Breakers, who finished third overall in the W-league last season. Though Sinclair only played in four of her team's matches, she finished the season as the Breakers' top scorer with seven goals and two assists.

Though the Breakers have threats such as Sinclair, the Sounder Women return experienced goalkeeper, Megan Miller. Miller is a young, dynamic part of the team, whose skills will solidify an already tough Sounder defense.

The Sounders Women finished the 2002 season 7-5. This year's squad is focused on a stronger regular season and a playoff berth. With depth coming from experienced returners, and the excitement of signing current college players Bennit and Martinez, the talent of the Sounders Women has only improved. In addition, recent college graduates Caroline Putz and Shannon Forslund add to the strength of this year's team.

To find out more about the Sounders Women, visit the newly designed, official Sounders Women's website: www.sounderwomen.net. Also, check back to the site to see the results of this weekend's match against the Breakers and to read about next weekend's home opener at Seattle's Seahawks Stadium against the Arizona Heatwave.

Next weekend's home opener against the Heatwave is on Sunday, May 18th at 2pm. Following the women's match, the men will play the Portland Timbers, whom they have beaten two times this year. The men's kick-off is at 5pm. Ticket prices include the cost of both matches and range from $12-$22.

For more information, phone 206.622.3415 or visit www.sounderwomen.net.

Notes:

The official roster for the Women's Sounders is not yet set. McCormick is waiting for the return of more college players and still looking at some of the ladies trying out. The official team will be posted within the next couple of weeks.

The Sounders Women train every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at their home venue - Seahawks Stadium.

This is McCormick's second year as head coach of the Sounder Women. Shawn Purcell and Sasha Shefts join McCormick as assistants.

Along with the new stadium, the Sounders have some new partnerships that will be represented at the Stadium during matches. Partners include the Washington State Women's Soccer Association (WSWSA), Soccer West, gotoday.com, and Zevenbergen Capital.