Olivia Moultrie, the 15-year-old midfielder who went to federal court to challenge the NWSL restrictions on minors playing in its league, has signed a three-year agreement with an option to play for the Portland Thorns.
Portland acquired the rights to Moultrie from OL Reign, which held her rights as the first team on the NWSL Discovery Priority list, for a third-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft.
The signing comes a day after the judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut, ordered the NWSL to complete a deal, which will allow Moultrie to travel with the Thorns for their match on Saturday at Racing Louisville. She had issued an injunction on June 17.
In 2019, Moultrie moved with her family from Southern California to Portland to train with the Thorns. She signed an agency agreement with the Wasserman Media Group and an endorsement deal with Nike.
“This step is very important for Olivia,” said Thorns head coach Mark Parsons. “For this club to have the commitment and vision to sign a young, talented player that we really believe in is immense. Olivia has continued to grow and push forward throughout her time here and has taken every challenge and turned it into an opportunity.”
Moultrie has featured for the first team in preseason in each of the last three seasons. She also played with Thorns FC Academy teams after leaving Beach Futbol Club.
She played for the U.S. U-15s and U-17s before the pandemic shut down the national youth team program. In 2018, she had three goals and one assist in fives for the United States, winner of the Concacaf U-15 Girls Championship.
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