Erin McNulty stretches for a save this summer (Troutstreaming.com)
TUKWILA, Wash. – Sounders Women goalkeeper, Erin McNulty, has signed a professional contract to play in the Women’s Premier League of Norway. McNulty will join Avaldsnes IL immediately for her first pro contract.
Erin McNulty said, “I’m excited to have an opportunity to get better and learn from my new coaches and teammates."
Following the summer where she earned All-Western Conference honors and was a candidate for the Top GK Award for the entire W-League, McNulty has been snatched up the 5th place team in the top Norwegian league.
McNulty added, “Playing for the Sounders Women this year provided me with a quality environment and assisted me in my development that will be beneficial to me making an impact on my new team."
Sounders Women Manager, Hubert Busby Jr., said, “I have spoken to the Norwegian National Team Coach, Even Pellerud, and he has assured me that the environment will be good for her. She will obviously need to work hard to displace the current GK (Icelandic International), but it will be good for her development.”
Avaldsnes IL was promoted to the well renowned Toppserien last season after finishing on top of the First Division. The Norwegian league is 13 matches into the 2013/14 season, with Avaldsnes holding a 5-2-6 record, for 17 points.
McNulty will fight for the starting goalkeeper spot with the current Icelandic National Team #1, Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir.
July 23, 2013
Busque & McNulty Earn W-League All-Western Conference
TUKWILA, Wash. –The W-League announced its 2013 All-Conference teams today, honoring the standout players who led their teams during the league’s 19th regular season. The W-League All-Conference Teams, selected through a vote of team management, feature some of the top young women’s soccer talent in the world.
McNulty tied for 2nd in the entire W-League with seven wins, with three shutouts. She also posted 65 saves, ranking 3rd in the nation. The two keepers with more saves, did not win a single game, making McNulty the top shot stopper in key moments of important matches.
Melissa Busque’s fantastic season earned her a 1st Team cap for the Canadian National Team this year. Amidst her start against Germany in June, she scored three goals for the Sounders Women and added one assist. Busque’s skill was utilized in a wide range from holding midfield to forward on the season.
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