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NWSL Mar 28, 2019

13-year-old Olivia Moultrie plays in Portland Thorns preseason match

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Teenage soccer phenom Olivia Moultrie, 13, made her professional debut on Wednesday, playing as a second half substitute for Portland Thorns FC in a preseason match against the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team.

[player_box id=87809 leftright=right]Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons subbed Moultrie in for Katherine Reynolds at the start of the second half, during Portland’s 1-0 loss to the USA U-23s at the University of Portland. The game was part of the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational, an annual preseason event hosted by the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club.

According to a report by The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg, Moultrie exited the game a few minutes before the final whistle along with forward Mallory Weber, both due to apparent fatigue. Portland finished the game with nine players. Moultrie line up at right wing in her pro debut.

Moultrie, who had previously committed to the University of North Carolina at age 11, decided to forgo her amateur status last month. In February 2019, she appointed the Wasserman Media Group sports agency as her representation, and promptly signed an endorsement deal to become an official Nike athlete.

That same week, she re-located to the Portland, Ore. area from Southern California, in order to join the Thorns Academy program.