Fossil Ridge alum Jaelin Howell agrees to three-year deal with Racing Louisville The Denver Post

It’s been a whirlwind last few weeks for Fossil Ridge High alum Jaelin Howell.

From going No. 2 in the NWSL Draft, to making her first United States Women’s National Team camp in more than a year and also winning her second straight MAC Hermann Trophy, Howell added another sweet milestone Friday. She signed her first professional contract.

Howell agreed to a three-year deal with Racing Louisville FC, and the highly-rated prospect is now officially a professional.

“I’m extremely grateful for Racing Louisville drafting me and giving me the opportunity to play for a club with such a promising future,” Howell said in a club statement. “I’m excited to help the team compete for championships while learning from some of the best players in the world in this league. I hope to make a positive impact on and off the field for our club, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Howell, who is currently training with the USWNT, became only the sixth woman to win the Mac Hermann Trophy twice, as she left Florida State a two-time national champion. On Friday, she also became the first player to sign a contract from Racing Louisville’s six-member draft class.

“Jaelin is one of the most exciting young talents in the game today,” Racing interim president James O’Connor said in a statement. “We’re delighted to bring her on board. She fills a position of need and has an ability to control the game with such a broad range of passing.”

Racing Louisville’s preseason is tentatively set to start Feb. 1, but that date is currently in jeopardy. The Athletic’s Meg Linehan reported Thursday that players won’t report to their clubs for preseason until a Collective Bargaining Agreement is finalized between the NWSL Player’s Association and the league.

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