At 11, Olivia Moultrie reached a verbal agreement to play for the University of North Carolina.
At 12, she traveled to Europe to train with Lyon, the French women's champion, and Bayern Munich, winner of Germany's Frauen-Bundesliga titles in 2015 and
At 13, Moultrie has turned pro, foregoing her college eligibility by signing a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike and agency deal with the Wasserman Media Group.
The announcement came one day after she was one of 25 female athletes to appear in a Nike ad "Dream Crazier" during ABC's broadcast of the Oscars.
Moultrie, an eighth-grader, was one of
four players born in 2005 on the U.S. under-14 girls national team that won the 2018 Concacaf Girls U-15 Championship. She was tied for second on the team with three goals.
She has played
for Beach FC in the Girls Development Academy, scoring 21 goals in 32 games in the U-15 age group last season and nine goals in 15 games in the U-16/17 age group this season.
Oregonian reported, citing sources,
that Moultrie will leave her hometown of Canyon Country, California, to join the Portland Thorns FC developmental academy.
Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan, the 2018 NWSL MVP, was
the first American woman to turn pro without going to college. She also passed up a scholarship to UNC to sign with Paris St. Germain after graduating from high school.
The only other
American star to turn pro without playing in college is Mallory Pugh, who attended UCLA for a semester but never played for the Bruins.