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Sophia Smith predicts ‘very long’ USWNT career for Sam Coffey

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Sam Coffey wasn’t named to the USWNT roster for this year’s World Cup, but her Portland Thorns teammates believe the best is yet to come for the 24-year-old midfielder.

“I think she’s the best holding midfielder in this league,” Christine Sinclair said after the Thorns defeated the Washington Spirit, 4-2, on Friday, with Coffey adding the final tally of the night.

Coffey, currently in her second NWSL season, leads the league with six assists. She made her USWNT debut in 2022, but was left off the invite list for national team camps in February and April.

“I think the future for her is whatever she wants it to be,” Sinclair added. “I’m sad for her that she’s not going to be able to represent the U.S. at the World Cup.”

After Coffey was informed of her World Cup fate, Smith offered the best advice she could.

“After she got her phone call, I told her, ‘This is literally just the beginning. All you can do right now is continue to be yourself and prove to everybody why it was a mistake.'”

Smith then made a big prediction for Coffey’s future: “Her time will come, I have no doubt. I fully believe that she will be the holding midfielder on the national team for a very long time.”