Tukwila, WA – After being nominated for four end-of-the-year awards by the United Soccer Leagues, the Seattle Sounders Women was named W-League Organization of the year, while also earning W-League Marketing Team of the Year award on December 14th. The honors were handed out at the USL Annual General Meetings in Tampa, Florida. The Sounders Women stood out amongst over 30 W-League franchises throughout the United States.
“It’s an honor to win these awards. The awards are not why we do this job, but the recognition of our staff’s incredible dedication and tireless work is certainly appreciated,” Director of Communications, Jon Billings, said.
Senior Director of the W-League, Amanda Duffy said, “We couldn’t have been happier with the performance of the Sounders Women organization in 2012. Their accomplishments on and off the field were a true reflection of the organization’s ability and commitment to provide the highest level of women’s soccer to the savvy, dedicated fans in the pacific northwest, and did so while maintaining a professional environment that both the players and fans were able to fully embrace.”
This season, the Sounders also sold out 9 of 10 home matches at the 4,500-seat Starfire Stadium while garnering 44,000 fans for the season. Average attendance during league matches was four times higher than the 2nd most attended team in the league.
Amanda Duffy added, “With the ownership, key staff and venue remaining unchanged, the Sounders Women will undoubtedly continue to be as positively impactful in the Seattle community in 2013 and will be an integral part in providing another exciting year of women’s soccer in the United States.”
In the 2012 season, the Seattle Sounders Women earned a second-place finish with 31 points in 17 matches. Two Sounders, Veronica Perez and Stephanie Cox, were selected to the W-League All-League Team.
2012 USL W-League Awards Finalists
Organization of the YearCharlotte Lady EaglesD.C. United WomenOttawa FuryPali BluesSeattle Sounders Women – WINNER
Marketing AwardD.C. United WomenOttawa FuryPali BluesQuebec City AdmiralSeattle Sounders Women – WINNER
Media AwardD.C. United Women – WINNERNew Jersey WildcatsOttawa FurySeattle Sounders WomenVancouver Whitecaps FC
Betsy McAdams Key Grip AwardDominique Hoecherl, Colorado RushJean-Philippe Provost, Quebec City AmiralMelanie Rutherford, Ottawa Fury – WINNERChuck Perrin, Fredericksburg ImpactJon Billings, Seattle Sounders Women
Executive of the YearJeremy Auyer, Charlotte Lady EaglesChris Hummer, D.C. United WomenPeter Zaratin, Long Island Rough RidersJohn Pugh, Ottawa FuryCharlie Naimo, Pali Blues – WINNER ***
Seattle Sounders Women Season Tickets are now on sale for new and existing ticket holders. Tickets are available for purchase on SoundersWomen.com for as low as $120 for the entire season. Season Ticket packages include more matches than 2012, price savings over single match prices, merchandise discounts, and priority for playoff matches.
For more information on Sounders Women tickets, see SoundersWomen.com and click on any of the Season Ticket links. All ticket purchases are made online. For questions and concerns, call 206-445-2097.