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USWNT’s Savannah DeMelo extends contract with Racing Louisville

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Star rookie Savannah DeMelo has signed a two-year contract extension with Racing Louisville FC, keeping her with the team through 2025.

DeMelo has been exceptional for Louisville, scoring four goals and adding one assist. She was named Rookie of the Month in July and was a part of May’s Best XI.

The team called her “an integral part of Racing’s present and future” in the news release announcing the extension.

“I love this team,” DeMelo said. “I’ve really grown to love this city and community and all the girls on the team and the staff. It’s a great place for me to keep growing and hopefully help the team in any way I can and impact the team for years to come.”

The fourth overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, she ranks first in the league in chances created and fouls won. Strong in set piece situations, she’s the only player this season in the NWSL to score twice on a direct free kick, which includes a game-winning goal against the league-leading San Diego Wave in May.

“I’m just grateful and blessed for the opportunity to be playing as much as I have been and impacting the team,” DeMelo said. “It’s all due to the staff and my teammates who have helped me along the way.”

DeMelo earned her first U.S. women’s national team call-up as an injury replacement earlier this month.

“Savannah’s development has been remarkable,” Racing coach Kim Björkegren said. “She came in as a rookie almost eight months months ago, and now, as we’re signing her to a new contract, we’re not just doing it with a top player in the NWSL — we’re also doing it with a U.S. national team player.

“She is important for this team, both on and off the pitch, and I’m looking forward to seeing her in the Racing shirt for many more years.”