Olivia Moultrie Signs with Portland Thorns — Youngest Ever NWSL Signing

Our club is extremely proud of alum Olivia Moultrie, who has signed her first contract with a professional women’s team — the Portland Thorns. In doing so, she is the youngest player ever to sign for a National Women’s Soccer League team.  

 

Portland, OR – Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Olivia Moultrie, Portland Thorns Media Day 2020 at Providence Park.

 

From ESPN: Moultrie has been training with the Thorns since she was 13, and has participated in scrimmages and preseason games against other professional teams. The Thorns play Racing Louisville on Saturday. The Thorns acquired the rights to Moultrie from OL Reign, the first team on the NWSL Discovery Priority list, in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft.
Moultrie was born in California, and she has been touted as a soccer phenom from a young age. She was offered a scholarship to the University of North Carolina — which has won 21 NCAA titles and produced dozens of U.S. women’s national team players — at age 11. But she turned that down at age 13, hiring sports media company Wasserman Media Group to represent her and signing a nine-year, six-figure endorsement deal with Nike. Her family has since relocated to Portland. At the U.S. youth national team level, Moultrie was most recently in camp with the U-17 women’s national team in February 2020 as part of a 24-player roster for training camp.

 

Olivia played with Beach for Coach Jeff Joyner, current Girls ECNL Director and Girls ECNL Coach. When she turned pro as a Nike athlete at 13, Joyner said, “Obviously Olivia was a special talent both technically and tactically. But it’s how hard she and her family worked that took her to where she is now. She absolutely loves all aspects of the game, including training. It’s amazing to see all the hard work and sacrifice translate to a huge next step in her career.”

 

From her father, KC Moultrie: “It was the people first, and the style of play second, that convinced us [to join Beach FC]. So many times in youth soccer, people make it about themselves, but it was never like that at Beach. It was always, ‘how can we help Liv get better.’ It was selfless.” “A commitment to playing the right way — play with ideas, combine, keep the ball, all of which are fundamental principles at Beach — was big for us and made the club special,” KC added.

 

Congratulations Liv! We love you and miss you, and can’t wait to see you play in the NWSL!

 

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