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A Soccer Pro at 13? Olivia Moultrie Will Give It a Try

By Andrew Keh, The New York Times, 02/27/19, 12:00PM CST

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“I think if you’re truly, truly elite, if your goal is to be a world-class player and a pro"

Two years ago — in a move that delighted some in women’s sports and shocked others — Olivia Moultrie announced that she had accepted a scholarship offer to play college soccer at the University of North Carolina. She was 11 years old.

On Monday, Moultrie, the youngest girls’ soccer player to publicly accept an academic scholarship offer, became the youngest girls’ soccer player to then officially forgo her college athletic eligibility. Now 13, Moultrie announced that she had signed, in short order, a representation deal with the Wasserman Media Group, a sports agency, and a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike. In taking those two actions, Moultrie formally began her professional career.