TUKWILA, WA — (club release) The Seattle Sounders Women are bringing back Holland Crook after she last played for the club in 2013. A graduate of the Arizona State soccer program, she received PAC-12 All Academic honors in 2011. Crook attended Todd Beamer high school in Federal Way and is the daughter of long time local professional player, Billy Crook.
“There are a million things I could say about the excitement I have to be back playing at home, but more importantly, the excitement I have about being back in this squad. My experiences abroad were amazing and there isn’t a thing I would change about them, however, there is something about coming home. The talent level in Seattle is high, the fan following makes the playing atmosphere electric, and I cannot say enough about Hubie and what he has to offer as a coach. I cannot wait to get back on the pitch and see what the season brings,” stated Crook.
Coming in with the first crop of 2015 players for Coach Busby is Laura Rayfield, who started all 23 matches for the University of Oklahoma in 2014 after transferring from two seasons at Oregon State. Rayfield received All Big-12 Newcomer of the year honors in 2014. A local player from Kentlake high school, Rayfield helped her Crossfire Premier team to 6 state titles, 1 regional title, an ECNL National final, and a Super Y National final.
“We are pleased to have Laura back with the club,” said Hubert Busby, head coach. “Even after transferring schools she has maintained a high level of play and performs at a high level each time she takes the field. This is a testament to her character and passion for the game.”
The third player coming into the Sounders Women fold for 2015 is McKenzie Berryhill. The junior defender from Arizona State participated with the US U-23 National Team in the summer of 2014. Widely regarded as one of the top defenders in the PAC-12, Berryhill received All PAC-12 second team recognition in 2013 as well as All Pacific Region third team honors.
Busby added, “Having monitored McKenzie for a few years, we are excited she is joining the club. Not only is she a great defender but she is player that will be able to build our attack out of the back. This dynamic athlete leads by example both on and off the field.”
Exciting times are ahead for the mainstay Sounders Women program. Stay tuned for tryout and ticket information as the times and dates become official.