Every day until the start of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 20, FOX Sports is counting down the top-25 players at this year’s tournament with two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner.
Name: Sophia Smith
Country: United States
Club: Portland Thorns FC
The wildly talented American youngster is up next on the countdown. Although she has yet to prove herself on the international stage in a global competition, this could be Smith’s breakout moment that propels her to a top-10 position in the world’s best.
As one of the most dynamic front-runners in the game, she can play across the line any role. Her guile and pace twists defenders up with relative ease and land her in multiple goal-scoring opportunities each and every game.
Smith’s goal-scoring ability will play a huge role for the USA without Mallory Swanson in the fold due to injury. With the United States gunning for the first-ever three-peat in World Cup history — men’s or women’s — Smith will have a lot of press on her shoulders to be the difference maker.
United States’ Sophia Smith: No. 17 | Aly Wagner’s Top 25 Players in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
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