The Riverhounds and Louisville City FC are set to square off this weekend in a top-two showdown in the USL Championship, but there’s another tie linking the Hounds to Louisville this spring.
Tessa Dellarose, a Riverhounds Development Academy standout with the 2003/04 Girls and a North Carolina recruit, has been in training in recent weeks with the pro team of Louisville City’s sister club — Racing Louisville of the top-tier National Women’s Soccer League.
The opportunity to train with the professionals before starting her college career is a huge opportunity for Dellarose, and she has been working among a Louisville team that includes U.S. World Cup winner Jessica McDonald and international pros who have represented Denmark, Australia, England, Jamaica and Northern Ireland, as well as the U.S.
While Dellarose is not able to play in matches for Racing Louisville — unlike with the USL Academy contracts that allow a high-school-aged player such as Wyatt Borso to play for a USL Championship club like the Hounds — she is still able to see game action this spring suiting up with her RDA side for matches in the Elite Clubs National League or in tournaments, as her schedule allows.
The development opportunity of training with a professional team adds more to the impressive resumé Dellarose has amassed since beginning to play with the Riverhounds Academy as a 14-year-old. In that time, she suited up for the U.S. Under-16 Girls National Team and was invited to camp last fall with the U.S. Women’s U-20 National Team, all before her upcoming graduation this spring from Brownsville High School in Fayette County, Pa., where she grew up.
Dellarose took the time last week to chat with Director of Communications Matt Grubba about her time in Louisville, getting ready for college and how playing with the RDA has helped her develop and enhance her soccer career. You can watch the full interview below, and also click the link to read more about Dellarose’s time with the U.S. U-20 Women’s team.