Trinity Rodman is creating history in the National Women’s Soccer League, following in her father’s footsteps (NWSL).
According to ESPN, the 19-year-old has signed a $1.1 million contract with the Washington Spirit, making her the highest-paid player in NWSL history. In a sport where Black athletes are underrepresented, this is a watershed moment not only for Trinity Rodman, but for the entire community.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Trin as a part of the Spirit family for at least the next three seasons,” Spirit coach Kris Ward said. “She has a truly special career ahead of her and makes us a better club on all fronts.”
Rodman’s initial contract with the Washington, D.C. Wizards was extended for another four years. soccer team According to the publication, the soccer player joined the squad in 2021 on a three-year agreement worth an average of $42,000 in base income, plus housing and bonuses.
Allocation money — money set aside for teams to use to recruit players and/or apply to their pay in order to stay under the salary ceiling — was used to fund Rodman’s new contract.
The historic agreement represents yet another triumph for the young athlete. Rodman was selected the NWSL’s Rookie of the Year in 2021 and was the league’s youngest player ever drafted. Being the daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, exemplifying success in sports is in her blood, but she has worked hard to establish herself in the NWSL.
“People are always going to — especially people who don’t know me and are new to the soccer world — see Dennis Rodman’s daughter. It comes with the name, but I definitely achieved what I wanted and [put out] the message I wanted, being so young, being a woman, being in the soccer world,” she told The Washington Post.
Rodman’s path in the league as a Spirit player will be fascinating to see over the next few years at the age of 19.