United States women’s national team and Portland Thorns star striker Sophia Smith sustained a mild MCL sprain in her right knee during Portland‘s matchup with the Washington Spirit on Sunday. Her status going forward will be week-to-week, the Thorns announced on Wednesday.
The injury occurred during extra time at the end of the first half. While attempting to gain possession, Smith appeared to slip and her right leg bent awkwardly. She immediately began to clutch her leg and laid on the pitch for several minutes while being attended to.
An emotional Smith was then helped to her feet and walked off the pitch, before leaving the field on crutches.
Smith currently leads the NWSL in goals (11) and is second in assists (5).
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