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Racing Loads Up on Offensive Firepower in 2024 NWSL Draft

Racing Louisville just got a whole lot more dangerous up front. 

The club came out firing in the 2024 NWSL Draft, adding two lethal young scorers who will have opposing defenses on high alert next season.

With the sixth pick, Racing landed UCLA sharpshooter Reilyn Turner, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year who dazzled during her stellar college career. Turner netted 42 goals for the Bruins, including a thrilling equalizer with just 16 seconds left in regulation of the 2022 national championship game. 

“Reilyn is a big-time goal scorer who shows up when the stakes are highest,” said Racing coach Bev Yanez. “We’ll be unleashing a real difference-maker in the attack.”

Racing doubled down on firepower by nabbing Ohio State finisher Emma Sears later in the draft. The feisty forward scored 25 times for the Buckeyes and is reuniting in Louisville with her former college roomie, midfielder Kayla Fischer.  

“Emma brings a tenacious spirit and nose for the goal,” said general manager Ryan Dell. “We’re stocking up on weapons to take our offense to the next level.”

With college stars Turner and Sears in the fold, Racing’s attack just got a major boost. Last season’s top scorers like Parker Goins and Uchenna Kanu now have reinforcements, as Louisville loads up for a playoff push.

Personally, as a long-time Iowa Hawkeyes fan, I could not be more thrilled that Racing selected defensive standout Samantha Cary. Cary is an absolute baller and was the backbone of those stingy Iowa defenses. Her endless motor and lockdown defending made her my favorite Hawkeye, and now she’ll bring that same tenacity to the Lavender back line. 

Cary made history as Iowa’s first-ever NWSL draftee, and she’ll make an immediate impact for Racing. I cannot wait to cheer on my favorite Hawkeye as she anchors Louisville’s defense next season. This Iowa diehard is pumped to see Sam Cary ball out for Racing. Go Hawks and go Sam!

Racing’s returners and new faces appear primed to strike fear into the hearts of opposing defenders next year. 

“We’re building a ruthless offensive unit that can beat you in different ways,” Yanez said. “I can’t wait to get this talented group together and start lighting up the scoreboard.”

After narrowly missing the postseason last year, Racing seems ready to bring the fireworks under Yanez. With newly added offensive dynamos Turner and Sears leading the charge, Louisville will be a whole lot of fun to watch when the 2024 season kicks off.

Make sure to stick to Bluegrass Soccer Cast (@BGSoccerCast on all social media platforms) for full coverage of Racing Louisville and everything soccer in our beautiful Commonwealth.

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  • Jimmie Martin

    Jimmie Martin is a charismatic soccer podcast host from Kentucky who passionately advocates for Promotion and Relegation in US Soccer. With infectious enthusiasm and a lighthearted sense of humor, he engages fellow enthusiasts on the Bluegrass Soccer Cast. Jimmie's goal is to promote the growth of soccer in the US while entertaining and educating his audience.

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