Sophie Schmidt

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Sophie Schmidt
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Personal information
Full nameSophie Diana Schmidt
Date of birth (1988-06-28) 28 June 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in) [1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 13
Youth career
2004 Abbotsford Rush
College career
2007–2010 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
2005–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 39 (6)
2011 magicJack 11 (1)
2012 Kristianstads DFF 6 (0)
2013–2014 Sky Blue FC 41 (8)
2015–2018 FFC Frankfurt 52 (6)
2019– Houston Dash 2 (0)
National team
2004 Canada U17 3 (0)
2004–2008 Canada U20 28 (3)
2005– Canada 182 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of April 20, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 8, 2019

Sophie Diana Schmidt (born 28 June 1988) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for National Women's Soccer League club Houston Dash and the Canadian national team, with whom she won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics. She previously played her club soccer for German club FFC Frankfurt and Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.


Early life

Schmidt was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Elmer and Cornelia Schmidt. She attended W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia and played for the Abbotsford Rush club team in 2004. [2] She grew up in a Mennonite community and has described her faith as the most important thing to her. [3]

Winnipeg Provincial capital city in Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America, approximately 110 kilometres (70 mi) north of the Canada–United States border.

Manitoba Province of Canada

Manitoba is a province at the longitudinal centre of Canada. It is often considered one of the three prairie provinces and is Canada's fifth-most populous province with its estimated 1.3 million people. Manitoba covers 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) with a widely varied landscape, stretching from the northern oceanic coastline to the southern border with the United States. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.

W.J. Mouat Secondary is a secondary school located in Abbotsford, B.C. The school was recognized in the August 23, 2004 edition of MacLean's magazine as one of the "Ten Most Innovative Schools in Canada."

University of Portland

Schmidt attended the University of Portland and played for the Portland Pilots from 2007 to 2009. She did not play during the 2006 season due to her Canadian national team commitments. [2]

University of Portland private Catholic university in Portland, Oregon, USA

The University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which also founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 4,000 students. UP is ranked 6th in the west for regional universities in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

Portland Pilots college athletics program at the University of Portland

The Portland Pilots is the nickname for athletics at the University of Portland. The Pilots compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC) at the NCAA Division I level.

As a second-year student, Schmidt played forward for the Pilots despite having never played the position at a competitive level. She finished the season with seven goals and seven assists in 14 games. Schmidt was fourth in the West Coast Conference in total points (21), sixth in goals and third in assists. She scored the lone goal in a 1–0 NCAA second round win at Colorado. [2] In 2009, Schmidt finished the season tied for first on the team with 12 assists and third on the team with 12 goals. She was named to the Soccer America MVP Team (All-America) First Team, NSCAA First Team All-American, NSCAA All-West Region First Team, and ll-WCC First Team. She ranked ninth in school history for career points per game (1.60) and assists per game (0.46) and tenth in Pilots' history in goals (33) and goals per game (0.58) in 57 matches. [2]

West Coast Conference college athletics conference of private parochial schools in the western United States

The West Coast Conference (WCC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I consisting of ten member schools across the states of California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Club career

Schmidt played for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2005 to 2006, alongside former Pilots Christine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett. She appeared and started in eight games for the Whitecaps, recording three assists. [2] In 2011, she played for magicJack in the WPS, [4] followed by a short-term contract with Kristianstads DFF in 2012. [5] [6]

Christine Sinclair Canadian association football player

Christine Margaret Sinclair, OC is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously played for FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). A CONCACAF champion, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award, Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer and currently second in all-time international goals scored for males or females with 180, behind Abby Wambach at 184.

Tiffeny Milbrett American soccer player

Tiffeny Carleen Milbrett is an American retired professional soccer forward who was a longtime member of the United States women's national soccer team. In May 2018 the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced Milbrett will be enshrined in the Hall. A native of Oregon, she starred at the University of Portland where she scored a then school record 103 goals during her career. She won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She also played in three World Cups, winning in 1999. A player who enjoys signing autographs for her fans, she is in the top five all-time in the United States national soccer team in three offensive categories.

MagicJack was an American professional soccer club based in Boca Raton, Florida. The team competed in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for one season until legal challenges caused the team's owner, Dan Borislow, to be banned from the WPS, which folded in 2012.

Schmidt playing for Sky Blue FC, 2013 Sophie Schmidt 2013-04-27 Spirit - Sky Blue-43 (8955270244).jpg
Schmidt playing for Sky Blue FC, 2013

On 11 January 2013, she joined Sky Blue FC in the new National Women's Soccer League, Schmidt played two seasons with Sky Blue, making 42 appearances and scoring 8 goals.

Sky Blue FC professional soccer club in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, USA

Sky Blue FC is a professional soccer team based in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, which has participated in the National Women's Soccer League since 2013. From 2009 to 2011, the team played in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

Schmidt signed a one-year deal for German club 1. FFC Frankfurt of the Bundesliga on 31 July 2015. [7] Schmidt left 1. FFC Frankfurt following the 2017–2018 Bundesliga season. [8]

International career

Schmidt has represented Canada at both the U-17 and U-20 level, and captained Canada at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia. She made her senior debut against Netherlands on 19 April 2005. [2]

In her first World Cup she scored against Ghana on 15 September 2007. She subsequently started all four Olympic matches at Beijing 2008, and played at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. [2] Schmidt and her team won a 2011 Pan American Games gold medal. [9]

On 28 February 2012, Schmidt made her 30th consecutive international appearance in a match against Scotland in Cyprus and had her first two-goal game. Schmidt and her teammates won an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012. [10] [11] She scored two goals in a 3–0 win over Finland at the 2014 Cyprus Cup on 5 March 2014. [12] [ needs update ]

Career statistics


As of 20 April 2019 [13]
Sky Blue FC NWSL 2013 2070000207
2014 2210000221
FFC Frankfurt Bundesliga 2015-16 1401051201
2016-17 2131000213
2017-18 1733100204
Houston Dash NWSL 2019 20000020
Career total9614415110516

International goals

2005-04-27 [m 1] Bischheim, FranceFlag of France.svg  France 1.175

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

2006-03-04 [m 2] Vancouver, CanadaFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1.171

5250.03005 3–1

5250.03005 3–1

2007-09-15 [m 3] Hangzhou, ChinaFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1.155

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 4–0

FIFA Women's World Cup
2012-01-23 [m 4] Vancouver, CanadaFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica

off 60' (on Timko)


5250.02005 2–0

5250.04005 4–2

Olympic qualifier
2012-02-28 [m 5] Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland

off 77' (on Buckland)


5150.02005 2–1

5450.05005 5–1

Cyprus Cup

5250.03005 3–1

2012-03-31 [m 6] Malmö, SwedenFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1.187

4850.01005 1–3

5050.01005 1–1

2013-03-06 [m 7] Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland

off 86' (on Lawrence)


5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Cyprus Cup
2013-12-22 [m 8] Brasilia, BrazilFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1.190

5150.02005 1–0

5150.02005 1–0

Brasilia Tournament
2014-03-05 [m 9] Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Finland.svg  Finland

off 72' (on Ezurike)


5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

Cyprus Cup

5250.02005 2–0

2014-03-12 [m 10] Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1.190

5150.02005 2–1

5150.02005 2–1

Cyprus Cup
2014-06-18 [m 11] Vancouver, CanadaFlag of Germany.svg  Germany

off 80' (on Leon)


5050.01005 1–1

4950.01005 1–2

2014-06-18 [m 12] Vancouver, CanadaFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2.158

5050.02005 1–1

4950.02005 2–3


4950.01005 2–2

2015-05-29 [m 13] Hamilton, CanadaFlag of England.svg  England Start1.123

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

172016-08-12 [m 14] São Paulo, BrazilFlag of France.svg  France

off 81' (on Quinn)


5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Olympics: quarterfinal
182017-03-03 [14] Almancil, PortugalFlag of Russia.svg  Russia

off 78' (on Carle)

1.191-02-1 Algarve Cup




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