Sophia Smith (soccer, born 2000)

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Sophia Smith
Sophia Smith.jpg
Smith with the United States in 2021
Personal information
Full name Sophia Olivia Smith[1]
Date of birth (2000-08-10) August 10, 2000 (age 22)
Place of birth Windsor, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 9
Youth career
Real Colorado
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2019 Stanford Cardinal 33 (24)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020– Portland Thorns 37 (19)
National team
2015–2016 United States U17
2017–2020 United States U20 25 (21)
2020– United States 23 (10)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:55, 14 August 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of September 6, 2022

Sophia Olivia Smith (born August 10, 2000) is an American soccer player who plays for Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team.[2] In March 2017, she was called up to the senior national team for two international friendlies against Russia.[3] She played in college for Stanford University, helping her team win the national title in 2019. On January 16, 2020, she was selected by the Thorns as the top overall pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft.

Early life[edit]

Smith attended Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was named First-Team All-Conference her freshman year.[4] Smith also played for the varsity basketball team.[4] Smith began playing college soccer at Stanford University starting in 2018, scoring 7 goals that season and 17 the following season.[5] In the 2019 College Cup, she scored a hat-trick to help Stanford defeat UCLA in the semifinal; Stanford went on to win the national title via a penalty shootout in the final.[6][7]

Club career[edit]

Smith took part in the NWSL draft on January 16, 2020. She was drafted with the #1 pick by the Portland Thorns FC.[8]

International career[edit]

Smith was part of the U-17 team at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[9] In early 2017, she scored nine goals in six games, which is believed to be a U.S. Youth Women's National Team record for goals in six consecutive games.[10] On March 31, 2017, Smith was called up for the first time to the senior U.S. national team.[10][11]

After being a part of the USA U-20 Squad that finished runner-up at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, Smith was named to the USA U-20 roster for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[12]

Smith was called up to the senior national team for the first training camp of 2020 from January 5–15 after having been called into a talent identification camp in December 2019.[13][14]

On November 27, 2020, she earned her first cap in a game against the Netherlands, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to appear for the senior national team.[15]

Career statistics[edit]


As of August 6, 2022
Club Season League National Cup[a] Playoffs[b] Continental[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portland Thorns FC NWSL 2020 7 1 7 1
2021 22 7 3 2 1 0 26 9
2022 11 11 5 3 0 0 16 14
Career total 33 18 15 6 1 0 0 0 49 24


As of match played September 6, 2022
National Team Year Apps Goals Assists
United States 2020 1 0 0
2021 9 1 3
2022 13 9 1
Total 23 10 4

International goals[edit]

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Goal in match Goal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

No. Cap Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 8 2021-09-21[m 1] Cincinnati, Ohio  Paraguay {{{4}}}.

off 71' (on Heath)

1.1 6 Rose Lavelle 2–0 8–0 Friendly
2 14 2022-04-09[m 2] Columbus, Ohio  Uzbekistan {{{4}}}.

off 62' (on Purce)

1.3 33 Mallory Pugh 3–0 9–1
3 2.3 35 Andi Sullivan 4–0
4 3.3 56 Mallory Pugh 6–0
5 16 2022-06-25[m 3] Commerce City, Colorado  Colombia Start 1.2 54 Rose Lavelle 1–0 3–0
6 2.2 60 2–0
7 18 2022-07-07[m 4] Guadalupe, Mexico  Jamaica {{{4}}}.

off 46' (on Purce)

1.2 5 Naomi Girma 1–0 5–0 World Cup Qualifier: Group A
8 2.2 8 Sofia Huerta 2–0
9 22 2022-09-03[m 5] Kansas City, Kansas  Nigeria {{{4}}}.

off 65' (on Purce)

1.2 14 unassisted 1–0 4–0 Friendly
10 2.2 45+1 Emily Fox 3–0

Honors and awards[edit]


Stanford Cardinal


Portland Thorns FC


United States U20

United States


  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 – List of Players: USA U20 (women)" (PDF). FIFA. July 26, 2018. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Lytle, Kevin (September 26, 2016). "Two Fossil Ridge juniors playing for U.S. in U-17 soccer World Cup". Coloradoan. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Garza, Daniel (April 3, 2017). "16-year-old called in to replace Tobin Heath for Russian friendlies". MLS Multiplex. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Soccer Bio". U.S. Soccer. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sophia Smith - 2019 Women's Soccer Roster". GoStanford. Stanford University. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "College Cup: Sophia Smith Hat Trick Leads Stanford Women into Final". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Stanford defeats UNC in a PK shootout to win the 2019 women's College Cup". NCAA. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Thorns FC Select Forwards Sophia Smith, Morgan Weaver with first two overall selections". Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Woitalla, Mike (March 9, 2017). "Real Colorado's Sophia Smith gets her goal fix with U.S. U-18s and U-20s". SoccerAmerica. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Ellis Calls 16-year-old Forward Sophia Smith to Training Camp". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Lytle, Kevin (March 31, 2017). "1946 Fossil Ridge's Smith joins U.S. women's soccer team". The Coloradoan. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "USA Roster Named for 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup". July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "26 Players Comprise WNT Roster for January Camp and Matches in Europe". Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  14. ^ "Andonovski Names 24-Player Roster for U.S. Women's National Team December Identification Training Camp in Florida". Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  15. ^ "Sophia Smith makes national history for women's soccer". The Stanford Daily. December 15, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  16. ^ Rooke, Jamie (March 2, 2022). "NWSL Challenge Cup: Players to watch in 2022". Her Football Hub. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  17. ^ Snipes, Tyler (August 22, 2021). "The Portland Thorns are WICC Champions!". International Champions Cup.
  18. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Rolls to Title at 2021 SheBelieves Cup, Presented by Visa, With Dominant 6-0 Victory Against Argentina". U.S. Soccer. February 25, 2021.
  19. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Defeats Iceland 5-0 to Win Third Consecutive and Fifth Overall SheBelieves Cup Title, Presented by Visa". U.S. Soccer. February 23, 2022.
  20. ^ Das, Andrew (July 19, 2022). "U.S. Women Beat Canada to Claim Spot in Paris Olympics". The New York Times.
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