United States club Racing Louisville has signed Football Ferns striker Milly Clegg on a three-year contract, making her the club’s youngest-ever signing.
Clegg (18) has been on the radar for the National Women’s Soccer League club since they became aware of her progress ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She will move to the US from A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers with whom she made her league debut this season before repeated hamstring injuries ended her season.
Before joining Wanderers, she was with the Wellington Phoenix on a student scholarship.
Now, she’s set to join Racing Louisville where she will train and play alongside former Football Ferns captain Abby Erceg.
Racing coach Bev Yanez said: “Milly has shown incredible ability at such a young age.
“We are not only very excited to have her in our environment, but we are also looking forward to continuing to push her game to new heights in helping her develop in specific areas. We’re thrilled to welcome her to Racing!”
Clegg told the club’s website: “I’m beyond excited to be joining Racing Louisville in the NWSL.
“From the players, coaches and staff to the fans and community, Racing Louisville seems like a very special team and amazing place to be.
“Thank you to Bev and Ryan for giving me this opportunity to play in such a talented team in a world class league. I can’t wait to get started and join an organization that is hungry to win games and trophies.”
Former Mt Albert Grammar School and Auckland United player Clegg represented New Zealand at FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups before getting her full international call up by national coach Jitka Klimkova.
She plans to arrive in Louisville in March for pre-season training.
At Racing, Clegg will join three other players who played at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Elexa Bahr (Colombia), Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria) and Linda Motlhalo (South Africa).
Louisville have also re-signed attackers Kirsten (Davis) Wright, Parker Goins and Maddie Pokorny to new deals and selected UCLA and US. Youth National Team star Reilyn Turner and Ohio State winger Emma Sears in the 2024 NWSL Draft.