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NOTEBOOK: Thorns’ Olivia Moultrie helps U.S. earn Concacaf U-20s Championship, World Cup bid


PORTLAND, Ore. – While her Thorns teammates were participating in the recent preseason tournament, midfielder Olivia Moultrie was at work with the U.S. U-20s Women’s National Team in the Dominican Republic at the Concacaf U-20 Women's Championship.

And during the tournament, the U.S. U-20s staked their claim as one of the most talented teams in the world at their age group, winning the Concacaf U-20s title and booking their ticket for the upcoming U-20 Women’s World Cup later this year. Even more impressively, the U.S. U-20s won all seven of its games during the tournament and outscored opponents 49-0, breaking their own tournament total goals record. They scored 49 goals. Allowed zero. Unreal.

And a key contributor for U.S. throughout the tournament, was the Thorns’ 16-year-old midfielder.

Moultrie started in five of the United States’ seven games, recording two goals and an assist. She featured in each of the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches, while scoring one of her two goals in the semifinal against Puerto Rico. Moultrie scored the first goal of the tournament for the U.S. finding the back of the net just two minutes into the team’s opening victory against Nicaragua.

While in camp with the U.S. U-20s, Moultrie shared what a typical day looks like for her.