Mandarin Alex Morgan i Megan Rapinoe they contested their first World Cup in 2011, Sophia Smith (Windsor, Colorado, August 10, 2000) he was only eleven years old. Twelve summers later, and after a pair of brilliant seasons in the American NWSL, the Portland Thorns forward (under contract until 2025) is the picture of change for a United States team that has been retiring its stars.
Her name appeared in all the crossings as a potential revelation player of the tournament and her debut in the World Cup it couldn’t have gone better. He led his team in the victory against Vietnam with a double of goals and an assist to the captain Lindsey Horan, which put the third on the scoreboard. With this performance Smith has become known throughout the planet.
“I was looking forward to the tournament starting, I was feeling really good professionally, so I went out and just wanted to be myself,” she said after making her World Cup debut with the absolute.
Carli Lloydstar of the 2015 World Cup who retired two years ago and third top scorer in history United Statessees Smith, who started her career in professional football after being chosen by the Thorns as the ‘1st pick-up‘ of the 2020 draft, the future star of the selection, although he warned of the dangers of the pressure that this label entails:
“He’s shown he can be a goal-scoring machine from a number of positions, but I hope he can manage all those emotions and tune out all the noise to just focus on football. He’s got a great chance to show what he’s made of on a global scale. It’s the next step he has to take.”
After her spectacular debut, Morgan referred to her as “THAT girl” [“AQUESTA noia”]. And Rapinoe went further: “It has no limits, It’s incredible. If he performs at this level at such a young age, he can do anything he wants. Records are here to be broken. He’s already at the top and he’s only twenty-two years old.”
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Far and forever in the memory remain the goals of Wambach (184, between 2001 and 2015), Hamm (158, between 1987 and 2004), Lloyd (134 between 2005 and 2021), Lilly (130 between 1987 and 2010), Akers (107 between 1985 and 2000), Mile board (100 between 1991 and 2005), Parlow (75 between 1996 and 2004), Press (since 2003, out of the World Cup due to injury) and those already mentioned Morgan (121 since 2010) i Rapinoe (63 since 2006). It’s time for change United States.
And if nothing goes wrong, Sophia Smith is called to be the leader of the new generation of the eternal favorite, which also has promises that will take over the generational relay as Trinity Rodman (2002) i Alyssa Thompson (2004). This trident promises many successes.
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