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Racing Mainstay Lauren Milliet Signs Contract Extension with Club

February 20, 2024 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
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Racing Louisville midfielder Lauren Milliet
Racing Louisville midfielder Lauren Milliet
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Racing Louisville and Lauren Milliet, the club's all-time appearances and minutes leader, have agreed to a restructured and extended contract for the defender, the club announced Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Milliet's new deal with updated terms now runs through the 2026 season, adding a year to the Colorado native's previous agreement.

"Louisville is morning coffee at Sunergos, Sunday strolls at Cherokee Park with my dogs, whoops at the track when horse No. 2 wins and rowdy nights 'racing' around Lynn Family Stadium," Milliet said. "My family and I are beyond thrilled to call this city home through 2026. We are building something truly special here, and I am extremely excited to be a part of it."

"Lo has been a leader in several facets within this group," said Racing coach Bev Yanez. "She works hard day in and out to contribute and comes every day with a professional attitude and readiness to compete. She has a true passion for the game that runs deep and is present in everything she does. We are so excited for her to have signed through 2026!"

"Lauren is a consummate leader both on and off the field, and she embodies everything our club values," said Racing general manager Ryan Dell. "Her dedication and passion make her an exceptional professional. We are thrilled she will continue her career with Racing though 2026."

One of the two remaining players from Racing's debut team in 2021, Milliet completed her best season yet in 2023, playing every minute in becoming one of only seven iron women in the National Women's Soccer League. She finished first in the NWSL in possessions won, second in ball recoveries and fouls won, third in possessions won in the defensive third and eighth in interceptions.

Milliet has made 86 appearances across all competitions for Racing, including 79 starts, helping the team reach its first NWSL final in the 2023 UKG NWSL Challenge Cup. She has played in every single game since Racing's inception after spending her first two years as a professional in North Carolina, where she made 10 appearances.

A foundational player in Louisville, Milliet solidified herself as one of the hardest-working fullbacks in the NWSL this past year, winning the permanent job at right back after an extended stint there in 2022. She has also featured at winger and midfielder.

The Colorado College grad has two goals and two assists in her time at Racing. She was the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft after finishing among the most accomplished players in Tigers program history, with two all-Mountain West honors.

Outside of her first-team duties, Milliet also works as a coach in the Racing Academy. She currently holds a U.S. Soccer Federation C license and is closing in on a B license this year.

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Racing Louisville midfielder Lauren Milliet
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