Trinity Rodman Writes History as Highest-Paid Player in League after $1 Million Soccer Deal

According to The Grio, Trinity Rodman recently signed a $1 million soccer contract, making Rodman the league’s highest-paid player. 

Rodman, the 19-year-old daughter of NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman, is building a name for herself right now. She was the youngest player ever drafted in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history when she was drafted by the Washington Spirit last year. Many soccer fans tuned in to see what Rodman would bring to the table as she made her national debut with the league.

“The kid is just brilliant. She’s a machine as an athlete, just unbelievable. When you play against her, you train with her; you see how quickly she closes you down. She’s deceptively quick to close you down. But now she’s getting tactically better, too,” said former Washington Spirit coach Richie Burke.

With seven goals and seven assists for her squad, which won its maiden NWSL championship last year and garnered Rodman Rookie of the Year accolades in 2021, it appears she has brought a lot. The Washington Spirit recently inked a $1.1 million guaranteed contract with Rodman, making her the highest-paid player in NWSL history, as they look to lock in the rising soccer star for next season. For any female soccer player, let alone one of the youngest, the four-year deal with an option for a fifth year is a watershed moment. Rodman thinks that this agreement will set a precedent for other players in the future and that it will lead to a discussion about how to compensate NWSL players properly.

“The league is growing every single day, and the players are the biggest part of that. We’ve worked so hard, and we deserve the world. And I hope this deal shows that,” Rodman told reporters.

After multiple players accused coach Burke of verbal and emotional abuse, the Spirit players had a tough season this year, with Burke being sacked. Despite the difficulties, Rodman was able to persevere and lead the Spirit to a championship season in the playoffs.

“What our team has been through was insane and what the league’s been through has been crazy, but [my team in] D.C. has been amazing. The growth that I’ve had here – I don’t even know the words to describe it. I’m just so grateful for what I’ve learned and the people I’ve been around throughout the season,” said Rodman. 

Washington Spirit president Ben Olsen spoke about Rodman’s historic deal, saying, “We’re excited to re-sign Trinity and continue to support her development as a player. She has accomplished a great deal early in her career and our focus is to provide the right environment for her to reach her potential.” 

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