Sophia Smith, scorer for three U.S. teams, is Young Player of the Year

Sophia Smith, who scored for the U.S. U-18s, U-20s and U-23s, is 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.

The 17-year-oold high school senior, who has committed to attend Stanford University in the fall of 2018, plays for he Real Colorado U-18/19 Development Academy team.

In February, she scored for the U-18s against England and Norway. For the U-20s, she scored against Norway (twice), Germany (twice), France, Japan and England (twice). And for the U-23s, she scored against Norway as well as the gamewinner against the Portland Thorns.

She was a member of the 2016 Under-17 Women's World Cup team and is part of the U-20 team aiming to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Defender Tierna Davidson, a Stanford sophomore who helped lead the Cardinal to the NCAA championship this fall, finished second to Smith, who got 48.5% of the vote.

Votes were collected from national team coaches, national team players who have earned a cap in 2017, American soccer league (MLS, NASL and NWSL) head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.

U.S. Soccer Young Female Players of the Year
1998 Cindy Parlow
1999 Lorrie Fair
2000 Aly Wagner
2001 Aleisha Cramer
2002 Lindsay Tarpley
2003 Cat Reddick
2004 Heather O'Reilly
2005 Lori Chalupny
2006 Danesha Adams
2007 Lauren Cheney
2008 Kristie Mewis
2009 Tobin Heath
2010 Bianca Henninger
2011 Sydney Leroux
2012 Julie Johnston
2013 Lindsey Horan
2014 Morgan Brian
2015 Mallory Pugh
2016 Ashley Sanchez
2017 Sophia Smith

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