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Olivia Moultrie becomes youngest player in NWSL history in Thorns debut


History was made during Portland’s 2-0 victory over Racing Louisville Saturday night.

Coming off the bench in the 83rd minute, Olivia Moultrie became the youngest player to make a professional debut in the NWSL at 15 years old. The move comes only days after the teen signed a three-year contract with the Thorns following a tense legal battle with the league over the NWSL’s age requirement.

After the game, Moultrie spoke about the support she has gotten from her Portland teammates ahead of her inaugural game.

“I didn’t know it was going to happen tonight, I found out about 30 seconds before I went in the game,” said Moultrie. “One of the biggest things they have told me is just go have fun, you’re ready for it and you have worked for this.”