On Saturday night, Olivia Moultrie (Olivia Moultrie) became the youngest player in history to appear in the NWSL game. The 15-year-old Portland Thorns midfielder made his professional debut as a substitute in Louisville just three days after signing a professional contract with the club.
Moultrie, wearing the No. 42 jersey, replaced Angela Salem in the 83rd minute. Previously, the youngest player in NWSL history was 18-year-old Eric Carpenter, who also played for the Thorns Football Club.
Moultrie was born on September 17, 2005, and signed with Portland after winning a lawsuit against NWSL for professional contract rights.
A federal judge ruled in June that the NWSL’s age limit prohibiting players under 18 from signing for league clubs is not enforceable.
Thornes coach Mark Parsons said in a club statement announcing the signing: “For this club, signing a young and talented player we truly believe in is huge.”
Moultrie is a native of Wilsonville, Oregon and has been a member of the Thorns team since 2019, playing for the academy and training with the first team. She also participated in preseason games with senior teams.
At the national team level, Moultrie has played for U.S. under-15 and under-17 teams.
For 11 minutes on the court on Saturday, including 4 minutes of stoppage time, Moultrie played in an offensive midfield position. She had some challenges, causing turnovers in the offensive half and passing the ball near the opponent’s area.
She participated in Saturday’s game and the Thorns led 2-0. The score line is the final result.
Moultrie was born in California and has been good at this sport since he was a child. Attract scholarships She received a degree from the University of North Carolina when she was 11 years old. She eventually refused and announced that she would become a professional player at the age of 13 in February 2019. She signed an endorsement agreement with Nike and moved to Portland to join the Thorns Academy.
It is not uncommon for precocious football players to enter the professional team early in the global football world. In the United States, 14-year-old Freddy Adu made headlines in 2004, and current Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies made his MLS debut in Vancouver at the age of 15.
Olivia Moultrie said that she found herself playing tonight about 30 seconds before entering. #NWSL
-Hayley Snider, miles per hour (@HayleySnider2) July 4, 2021
Moultrie said 42 was the first number she got when she came to Portland in 2019.
— Hayley Snider, miles per hour (@HayleySnider2) July 4, 2021