Teen Sensation Olivia Moultrie Inks Three-Year Deal with Thorns

By: Casey Dobson
Posted: July 1, 2021

(Image courtesy of Portland Thorns twitter)

After going toe-to-toe with the NWSL in court over their age restriction, Olivia Moultrie scored another win by signing on the dotted line with Portland. The teen phenom inked a three-year-deal with the Thorns, keeping her under contract with the club she’s been training with until she’s 18. 

Moultrie’s path to the pros has been anything but straight forward. The first NWSL team to have the rights to Moultrie was the OL Reign, who acquired them as the first team on the NWSL Discovery Priority List. Moultrie landed in Portland after they sent a 2022 second-round pick to OL in exchange for the rights to sign the youngster. Moultrie has been training with the Thorns as well as appearing on their preseason roster for the last three seasons. 

Earlier this year she and her camp took the NWSL to court in an effort to earn the right to play by eliminating the league’s age restrictions. Moultrie had been vocal about the unfairness of being kept out of the pros as a young woman in American professional soccer as it was the only league that held such restrictions. The NWSL maintains their stance that age restrictions of some sort should continue to exist but have agreed that those should come about via collective bargaining as other leagues do. The previous limitations did not come via this method. 

With regards to Moultie’s contract, the NWSL released a statement outlining the steps taken to create this contract, “the development of a comprehensive minor player protection plan and execution of a SPA, special addendum, and parent guarantee.”

As the league enters the stretch of play alongside the Olympics, Portland will be without a number of key starters, perhaps opening the door to significant minutes for Moultrie. Having had the chance to develop with the club since 2019, don’t be surprised to see her click into their style of play rather seamlessly and have strong chemistry with her teammates. 

After going toe-to-toe with the NWSL in court over their age restriction, Olivia Moultrie scored another win by signing on the dotted line with Portland. The teen phenom inked a three-year-deal with the Thorns, keeping her under contract with the club she’s been training with until she’s 18. 

Moultrie’s path to the pros has been anything but straight forward. The first NWSL team to have the rights to Moultrie was the OL Reign, who acquired them as the first team on the NWSL Discovery Priority List. Moultrie landed in Portland after they sent a 2022 second-round pick to OL in exchange for the rights to sign the youngster. Moultrie has been training with the Thorns as well as appearing on their preseason roster for the last three seasons. 

Earlier this year she and her camp took the NWSL to court in an effort to earn the right to play by eliminating the league’s age restrictions. Moultrie had been vocal about the unfairness of being kept out of the pros as a young woman in American professional soccer as it was the only league that held such restrictions. The NWSL maintains their stance that age restrictions of some sort should continue to exist but have agreed that those should come about via collective bargaining as other leagues do. The previous limitations did not come via this method. 

With regards to Moultie’s contract, the NWSL released a statement outlining the steps taken to create this contract, “the development of a comprehensive minor player protection plan and execution of a SPA, special addendum, and parent guarantee.”

As the league enters the stretch of play alongside the Olympics, Portland will be without a number of key starters, perhaps opening the door to significant minutes for Moultrie. Having had the chance to develop with the club since 2019, don’t be surprised to see her click into their style of play rather seamlessly and have strong chemistry with her teammates. 

For more NWSL coverage from Venus Sports, click here.

For more soccer thoughts and opinions, check out Casey’s author page or Twitter.

heythere
Scroll to Top