After a long saga that has involved numerous court decisions, Portland Thorns FC have officially signed 15-year-old midfielder Olivia Moultrie to a three-year contract with an option.
“We are pleased to have Olivia join our team,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer, via a press release. “She has been part of this club since early 2019 and there have been many Thorns staff fully invested in her development.”
“This step is very important for Olivia,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons in the release. “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.”
Although Portland had to officially acquire the rights to Moultrie from OL Reign — who held her rights since they were the first team on the Discovery Priority list — by exchanging a third-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft, the teenage midfielder has been training with the team since 2019. She’s made an appearance in preseason competition each of the last three seasons and has played with the Thorns’ youth squads.
During the 2018-19 season, Moultrie played with the Thorns FC Academy U-16s team, scoring nine goals in 15 matches. The next season, she played with the U-18s squad, recording eight goals in eight matches. Before playing with the Thorns, Moultrie spend the 2017-18 Academy season with the Beach Futbol Club U-18s, tallying 18 goals in 27 matches.
Moultrie also has experience at the U.S. youth national team level, most recently partaking in a U-17 Women’s National Team camp back in February 2020. During the camp, Moultrie two appearances in two matches against England. She has also made seven appearances with the U-15 squad, scoring three goals. She helped the U.S. make the Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship back in 2018, playing in five matches with three starts. She scored three goals and notched an assist.