Sounders Women Sign Local Talent
Round out roster with youth, veteran mix

Sounders Women News Release -

Friday, May 24, 2013

TUKWILA, Wash. – The Sounders Women announced today that the club has rounded out its roster heading into the 2013 W-League campaign, with the signing of eight local players.

"Washington continues to produce quality players capable of playing soccer at an elite level, and our roster reflects this," Head Coach and GM Hubert Busby Jr. said. "We are pleased to have a core of homegrown players developed locally, wearing the Sounders jersey."

At the core are players such as Tafara Pulse, who is entering her ninth season with the Sounders Women. Although Pulse has been a familiar face on the Sounders for the past decade, her contribution to the sport in the Pacific Northwest extends back to her collegiate career. A graduate from Seattle University in 2004, Pulse was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2010.

Another familiar face this season is Beth Russell, who returns to the Sounders Women for her sixth season. Participating in multiple final four runs with the Sounders, the 5-foot-6 defender will add experience to the Sounders backline. Also, returning for the 2013 campaign is defender Niki Bonnell. While the mother of two adds quality and experience to the squad, her involvement in the Seattle soccer community goes beyond her contribution on the pitch. Bonnell acts as secretary to the Jet City Auxiliary, the Sounders Women’s official support group (also making her a fan favorite).

Emily Hurd first appeared with the Sounders in 2011, playing in six matches. However, the Sammamish native returns to the club after a history-making season at Penn State. Starting in all 27 games for the Lions, Hurd led her team to its first NCAA Final in 2012. Justina MacDowell, an NSCAA Second-Team selection out of Western Washington University, also rejoins the Sounders this year. Originally from Bellevue, Wash., MacDowell recorded four goals for the Sounders in 2011, and after she recovers from a hamstring injury, will look to compete for a starting spot up front.

New to the Sounders Women this year is Federal Way native Jenna Peterson, who started in every preseason match with the Sounders. She was selected to the NAIA All-American Team as a senior at Concordia University in 2012. That same year, Peterson was named the CCC Co-Defensive Player of the year after helping her team to the most shutouts in the conference (13).

Haling from Spanaway, Wash., Maggie Schrader also had an impressive debut with the Sounders Women – starting in four of five preseason matches. The 5-9 defender was a standout at the University of Incarnate Word, where she was named Heartland Conference Player of the Year in 2009 and was an All-Conference selection in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Out of Edmonds, Wash., 15-year-old, Maddie Schultz, is the youngest signee for the Sounders Women. A member of the U-16 Youth National Team, Schultz earned herself a roster spot with the Sounders Women after an impressive preseason showing where she scored her first goal with the Sounders against Seattle Pacific University.

With the addition of the area’s top talent, the Sounders Women look ahead to bringing their first W-League championship home to Seattle. Their mission begins at Starfire Sports Stadium on May 27, at 3 p.m. against the LA Strikers. Tickets for the match and the rest of the season are currently on sale on