Sounders’ Melissa Busque
Named W-League All-Star
TUKWILA, Wash. – Sounders Women midfielder Melissa Busque was among three midfielders named to the 2013 W-League All-Star Team, the league announced last month. The 2013 W-League All-League Team was selected through a vote of team management throughout the national league.
“There are a lot of great players in this league and it’s not always easy to stand out,” Busque said. “I am just glad I was able to make an impact that was recognized by other coaches. Once again, it just makes you feel like all the running and practices before and during season were all worth it.”
It’s been a remarkable year for Busque, who transferred from the University of Connecticut last fall to finish her career at Seattle University, before joining the Sounders Women. During her standout professional season, the Quebec native was also called up for her first international cap with the Canadian National Team, starting and playing 88 minutes against Germany in an international exhibition on June 19 in Paderborn, Germany.
Busque accepted the All-W-League honor with an eye towards the future.
“It is a very nice recognition to have under your belt, and hopefully it will help me to achieve my goal, which is [to play in] the next FIFA World Cup in 2015,” she says.
During her season with the Sounders Women, Busque scored against her alma-mater, Seattle University, in a 3-0 exhibition victory. She went on to score three times and added one assist during the W-League regular season, racked up 855 minutes — second amongst Sounders field players — despite missing W-League games during her Canadian National Team call-up. She played everything from holding midfield, to attacking midfielder, and occasionally tormented opponents as a forward.
The W-League is the first and longest-standing women’s soccer league in North America. The 2013 W-League campaign features 25 teams in four regional conferences playing 10-12 regular season matches. Featuring current and former international and professional stars, the W-League also provides elite amateurs the opportunity to compete while maintaining their eligibility as college student-athletes. The league is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans throughout North America.
To learn more about the W League or the Sounders Women, visit www.sounderswomen.com.
2013 All-W-League Team
- GK – Genevieve Richard, Laval Comets
- D – Kathryn Acton, Laval Comets
- D – Danielle Johnson, Bay Area Breeze
- D – Blakely Mattern, Carolina Elite Cobras
- D – Brooke Spence, Colorado Rapids Women
- MF – Melissa Busque, Seattle Sounders Women
- MF – Alyscha Mottershead, Ottawa Fury
- MF – Ashley Nick, Pali Blues
- F – Kristen Hamilton, Colorado Rapids Women
- F – Shan Jones, Virginia Beach Piranhas
- F – Savannah Jordan, Atlanta Silverbacks