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Dexter teenager becomes youngest to sign pro contract in women's soccer history

Washington Spirit
Chloe Ricketts

Chloe Ricketts, a Dexter native, became the youngest player to sign a professional contract in women’s soccer history. The 15-year-old signed with the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Ricketts had accomplished a lot at the club soccer level before she was even able to drive a car. At 14 last summer, she became the youngest player to ever suit up for AFC Ann Arbor in the W-League, a national pre-professional league.

After spending time with the United States Under-16 National Team, the Washington Spirit invited her to preseason training camp. And she clearly made an impression as they offered her a 3-year contract.

Kade Ricketts, Chloe’s dad, says he saw her talent and her work ethic as early as 11 years old and thought there might be a chance she could be a pro.

“Die-hard dedicated from the very start, from going to bed early on her own, to eating right. I can count maybe two or three times where she didn’t want to go and practice.”

Part of her contract is that she has to live with a parent or guardian and cannot be traded or released without her parents’ permission until she is 18.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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