USWNT calls up 16-year-old free-scoring striker


Injuries to Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Morgan Brian have opened the door for a new face to the USWNT.

And that face is young.

Jill Ellis has called up 16-year-old Sophia Smith for USWNT training camp ahead of April’s two friendlies against Russia.

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Judging from this U.S. Soccer press release, Smith is really good at scoring goals (She also scored for the U-23s this month):

Between Feb. 15 and March 8, Smith was in Europe, first with the U.S. U-18 WNT in England, where she scored five goals in three games. That performance earned her a first call-up to the U.S. U-20 WNT and she traveled directly to La Manga, Spain, where she scored another four goals in three matches.

Smith comes from the same Real Colorado youth set-up as 17-year-old Jaelin Howell, who was called up earlier in the week.

Coincidentally, Smith lists Heath as one of her two favorite players.