If you looked closely enough at a Reign FC home broadcast this year, you just might have seen Taylor Smith for a quick second. In Tacoma, the club’s home, she was there high above the field in the stands, celebrating goals and wins alongside other injured teammates.
She was also there in North Carolina this October, cheering on her new team against her old team – the North Carolina Courage – in the National Women’s Soccer League semifinals.
And despite not stepping on the field for a single minute of action in the 2019 season, Smith says of the past year, “I’ve never worked so hard in my career.”
The American fullback tore her ACL last December while playing for Newcastle Jets in Australia’s W-League, the offseason home of dozens of NWSL players looking to stay sharp. The injury ended Smith’s 2019 NWSL campaign before it started.
It wasn’t just the physical injury that was cause for concern; it was the timing and contractual circumstances of it which put Smith in a precarious position.
The entire article is accessible only to members of The Equalizer Extra. Already a member? Awesome! Please sign in below. If not, you can sign up below.
Your accountSign in
/ 4 hours ago
Throughout the 2019 women’s college season, TopDrawerSoccer, in partnership with The Equalizer, will keep...
/ 3 days ago
The National Women’s Soccer League season is over and the United States women’s national...
/ 1 week ago
The Division I NCAA women’s soccer tournament kicks off on Friday, with first-round games...