Earlier this month, a judge approved the teenager’s preliminary injunction, paving the way for her to sign a professional contract
The Portland Thorns signed 15-year-old midfielder Olivia Moultrie (Olivia Moultrie) after a protracted lawsuit with the National Women’s Football League.
NWSL tried to prevent Moultrie from signing a professional contract on the grounds that the minimum age for the league is 18.
After suing the alliance, Earlier this month, Moultrie and her legal team received a preliminary injunction, allowing her to sign a three-year agreement with the Thorns.
“We are very happy that Olivia has joined our team,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns general manager and president of football. “She has been a member of this club since the beginning of 2019, and there are many thorny employees who are fully committed to her development.”
“This step is very important for Olivia,” added Thorns coach Mark Parsons. “For this club, being able to sign a young and talented player we truly believe in is huge.
“Olivia has continued to grow and advance throughout her time here, accepting every challenge and turning it into an opportunity.”
on Twitter, Moultrie added: “I am very proud and humble to sign my first professional contract today! There are too many people to thank in the tweet, but Thorns FC is my heart. My goal is much more than that, but I wait It’s too late!”
Moultrie made headlines in 2019, when she became a professional player at the age of 13, becoming the youngest female football player ever.
Since 2019, she has been training with the Thorns, but due to age restrictions in the league, she can only play with the team in unofficial matches.
Moultrie has now become the youngest player in NWSL history and will be the youngest player to appear in the game when she first played.
On the international stage, Moultrie has represented the United States in U-15 and U-17 level competitions.