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Alex Morgan follows Hope to Seattle, February 28th, 2012 1:58AM



U.S. national team rising star Alex 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.

Morgan, 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.

Scott French reports that 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 MLS club.

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