Savannah DeMelo is staying in Louisville.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who made her first start for the U.S. women’s national team at the 2023 World Cup, has signed a contract extension with Racing Louisville through the 2026 season.
In addition to her rapid rise on the national team, DeMelo is putting together a stellar NWSL season, which could have her in the running for league MVP.
“I am so excited to be extending my contract here in Louisville,” DeMelo said in a news release. “This was an easy decision on my end because of how much I love this team and city! I have built so many great connections both on and off the field, and I feel so honored to have the opportunity to continue to grow with this club and fight for trophies.”
In June, DeMelo became the first U.S. player since Shannon Boxx in 2003 to be named to a World Cup roster without a single cap for the national team. She made her first USWNT appearance in a send-off game against Wales, then made her first start in the World Cup opener against Vietnam.
In the NWSL, DeMelo has scored eight goals across all competitions. She has assisted on three more, and she also converted on a penalty later deemed an own goal. In May, she was named NWSL Player of the Month.
On top of her goal-creating abilities, the midfielder also ranks first in the NWSL in fouls won (45), ninth in duels won and 10th in scoring chances created. With DeMelo playing alongside Jaelin Howell and Ary Borges, Racing can claim one of the top midfield trios in the league.
“I’ve said this before: Savannah’s development has been amazing since she came to the club in 2022,” head coach Kim Björkegren said. “I’m so happy with her signing a new contract because it gives us stability and even more time for her to grow in her role. She is already one of the best 10s in the league, and she has the potential to be one of the best 10s in the world.”
DeMelo was selected by Louisville with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NWSL draft. She scored four goals in her rookie campaign, and she also led the league in chances created, fouls won and direct free kick goals.
“We’re beyond excited to keep building our club’s foundation with Savannah as one of our cornerstone players,” Racing general manager Ryan Dell said. “Savannah’s development since coming to Louisville has truly been outstanding. We know she’ll play a key role in driving our club to great new heights.”
Watch her and you’ll see why 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rkFIVgF2bl— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) August 24, 2023
Watch her and you’ll see why 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rkFIVgF2bl