Is 13-year-old Olivia Moultrie the grand experiment that American women’s soccer needs right now

 March 27's nighttime drizzle in Portland was persistent. By six, traffic was backed up.  

 It was a dull night for a preseason soccer friendly, but 2,000 fans saw the local pro women's club play the U.S. U-23. 

 The first half was dull. Senior national team stars Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan were absent from Portland Thorns.  

 Thorns added a player in the second half. Number 42,,,

 unlisted in the program and smaller than most, sported red cleats and a high bun.  

 She looked nervous, lost the ball several times, got it back, and walked off early to huddle with trainers, exhausted. Which made sense. She was only 13.   

 Most girls finish seventh grade at 13. Puberty brings acne and social anxiety.   

 Olivia Moultrie, the youngest pro women's soccer player ever, got a six-figure deal with Nike and moved to Portland with her family to train with the Thorns, the NWSL's top team.  

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