Smith is a lock to play in her first World Cup next summer when the United States Women’s National Team heads to Australia and New Zealand to defend their back-to-back titles. She’s been consistently praised by USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski, who has said that it would be difficult for anyone to take her starting spot, and has continued to show up in big moments for her club and national teams.
While she didn’t need much help raising her profile, Smith, who has 25 caps and 11 goals for the USWNT, is poised to breakout on the biggest international stage next summer.
In addition to Smith, here are five other players who stood out this NWSL season and what that means for their chances in making the U.S. roster for next summer’s World Cup.
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