Racing Louisville FC signed Finnish national team defender Elli Pikkujamsa.
The 23-year-old signed a two-year deal on Friday with a mutual option for a third season in 2025.
"I'm so happy to join Racing Louisville, and I can't wait to get started with our players next year," she said. "I'm excited to see Louisville and the U.S. since I've never been there before. It will be interesting to see the level of the NWSL, too, and I can't wait to start playing games!"
Pikkujamsa turned pro at age 15 and spent the past three seasons with Sweden's KIF Orebro. She scored six goals in 27 matches last season.
She has also earned 20 caps with the Finland national team, including three starts in this past summer's UEFA Women's Euro 2022
"Elli is just 23, but she already has a ton of experience," said Racing coach Kim Bjorkegren. "She played in the Finnish league when she was 15 and has played three good years in Sweden. She is good under pressure, can dribble if necessary and play both the short and long pass. I know that Elli had many options, so I'm really happy she took the decision to move to Louisville and play with us."
Pikkujamsa won a silver medal in snowboarding at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics before focusing solely on her soccer career in 2017.
--Field Level Media