Portland Thorns star Sophia Smith hopes to take NWSL success to USWNT

Sophia Smith has lengthy been touted as the following massive factor in US soccer, and, after a landmark 2022 marketing campaign, the 22-year-old’s second has formally arrived.

Within the NWSL closing in late October, Smith beat Kansas Metropolis Present keeper Adrianna Franch one-on-one and buried the go-ahead objective for the Portland Thorns—after which flashed an immediately iconic, meme-worthy Michael Jordan shrug. It was an unforgettable second for the league’s 2022 MVP—a celebration she says she did not plan, however one which put her critics on discover.

“I attempt not to have a look at it, nevertheless it’s at all times going to be there,” Smith says of the net debate surrounding her award, along with her being the youngest participant in historical past to obtain the dignity. “It is laborious to keep away from, however … there at all times might be conversations, arguments [and] debates, and I wished to make it some extent that I actually, actually believed that I deserved to win MVP this yr.”

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