Becky Sauerbrunn, a U.S. women’s national team defender who is expected to make the Olympic roster this summer, will play for the D.C. United Women when she doesn’t have U.S. obligations.
Sauerbrunn, a former University of Virginia star, is no stranger to the Washington soccer scene, having spent two years with the Washington Freedom in defunct Women’s Professional Soccer. Last year, she moved with the organization when it relocated to Florida.
The 26-year-old started three of five Olympic qualifiers in Vancouver in January and made 12 appearance (eight starts) in 2011. Her one Women’s World Cup appearance last year in Germany came as a starter in the semifinal victory over France.
She was recently named to the 27-player U.S. training camp April 18-30 in Bradenton, Fla.
The deal with D.C. United Women will allow her to play in five of 12 regular season matches, starting May 31 at Dayton. The DCU Women compete in the 30-team W-League, which shares second-division status with the Women’s Premier Soccer League. (The demise of WPS left no sanctioned first-division circuit.)
The DCU Women are owned by Bill Lynch of Washington Soccer Properties and under license with D.C. United. The club plays home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County.
The Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps are the MLS clubs that have lent their name to women’s teams. FC Dallas has a team in the WPSL.