Capping off a year in which she made her international debut for the U.S. Women’s National Team and set personal bests at the club level for Portland Thorns FC, midfielder Olivia Moultrie has been selected as one of five nominees for U.S. Soccer’s 2023 Chipotle Young Female Player of the Year Award.
The criteria to be eligible for the 2023 Chipotle U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year is any player who has participated in a training camp with any of the USA’s Women’s Youth National Teams during the 2023 calendar year. Players can win the U.S. Soccer Young Player of the Year Award only once.
Fans once again have the opportunity to vote for all U.S. Soccer end of year awards on ussoccer.com and at the links below. The fan vote will account for 15 percent of the overall vote tally, with the rest coming from National Team players, coaches, media, and other constituents.
Making the Case for Olivia Moultrie as the 2023 Chipotle Young Female Player of the Year:
- One of the top players for the U.S. at last year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, Moultrie kicked off 2023 in January Training Camp with the Under-18/Under-19 Women’s Youth National Teams and closed out the year making two appearances for the senior National Team.
- The 18-year-old has 10 U-20 WYNT caps from the previous cycle and is still age-eligible for the 2024 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but earned her first senior team call-up in October before making her first two appearances for the U.S. Women’s National in team in December, appearing in both matches against China PR.
- Moultrie earned her first cap on Dec. 2, coming on in the second half of the USA’s win over China PR in Ft. Lauderdale. At 18 years and 76 days of age, she became the 72nd teenager all-time to earn a cap for the USWNT and also played the final 22 minutes of the USA’s Dec. 5 win in Frisco, Texas.
- Now in her third season of professional soccer with Portland Thorns FC, Moultrie more than doubled her NWSL starts from each of the previous two seasons while showing savvy and professionalism beyond her years, appearing in all 22 regular season matches for Portland while making 12 starts and logging over 1,200 minutes of action.
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- She tallied two goals and three assists during the regular season, helping Portland finish second in the NWSL standings, and also made six appearances – five of which were starts - during the NWSL Challenge Cup, tallying one assist.
This is Moultrie’s second consecutive - and second overall - nomination for Young Female Player of the Year.