Portland Thorns star Sophia Smith went down with a right knee injury during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Washington Spirit.
After sliding awkwardly on her knee, the 23-year-old forward had to be helped off the field. While Smith walked to the bench with help from a trainer, she was seen on crutches at halftime.
Sophia Smith is forced off the pitch due to a leg injury in the first half. 😩Hope everything ends up ok. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Rb7iyx28po— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) August 27, 2023
Sophia Smith is forced off the pitch due to a leg injury in the first half. 😩Hope everything ends up ok. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Rb7iyx28po
Following the game, Thorns head coach Mike Norris said the team did not have any updates on Smith’s status.
“I haven’t had a chance to check in with the medical team,” he said. “Swollen leg and knee injury, the extent of that, I don’t know. She’s out there with the team. No definitive information.”
Despite the loss of Smith, Portland still managed to claim a standings point with the 1-1 draw, extending its lead at the top of the NWSL table. The Thorns sit in first place with 29 points, two more than the North Carolina Courage and San Diego Wave.
Sunday’s match marked Smith’s second after returning from her World Cup duties with the USWNT. She scored immediately in her first game back and currently leads the Golden Boot race with 11 goals.