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Is Jaelin Howell the USWNT’s Ertz replacement? Why the Louisville midfielder is so effective

Howell already strikes fear into the hearts of NWSL opponents. She should get another look with the U.S. soon.

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What do you call a machine whose primary purpose is clearing ground and getting rid of obstacles? Most people would probably say a bulldozer. But in the world of women’s soccer, there’s someone who fits that description perfectly: Jaelin Howell.

Just in her second season of professional soccer, Howell has already proven to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the entire NWSL. The 23-year-old American is currently shining with Racing Louisville as they fight for a playoff spot, and she could be in position to capture some minutes with the U.S. women’s national team as they reset ahead of the 2024 Olympics and the 2027 World Cup.

But how did Howell get here? And what makes her so great? Let’s dig in.

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