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Current sign defender Hailie Mace to new 3-year contract

Kansas City Current Defender Hailie MAce
Posted at 11:36 AM, Dec 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-19 12:36:01-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Defender Hailie Mace has been one of the best players in the NWSL since she joined the Kansas City Current, earning a call-up to the US Women's National Team and NWSL Best XIsecond-team honors.

The club announced Monday that Mace still stay with the Current for the foreseeable future, announcing a new three-year contract through the 2025 season.

"It was a no brainer to want to sign on for three more," Mace said in a statement announcing the new deal. "I have grown immensely as a player and person since being (in Kansas City), and I only want to continue to do that."

Mace was the second overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, but she decided to begin her career abroad with stints in Australia and Sweden before returning to the U.S. to play for the North Carolina Courage.

The Current acquired Mace in July 2021 as part of the return in a four-player trade that sent forward Amy Rodriguez to the Courage.

Since joining the Current, Mace has been a strong two-way presence on the pitch. She's been a steady presence for the team's backline, while also adding five goals and three assists.

Mace's performance with the Current, who reached the 2022 NWSL Championship, earned her a second call-up to the national team and first since 2018, when she was the only college player called into camp during World Cup qualifying matches.