Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt signs a ball for a fan back in 2016. The soccer star announced that she has re-signed with the NWSL’s Houston Dash. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt signs a ball for a fan back in 2016. The soccer star announced that she has re-signed with the NWSL’s Houston Dash. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt re-signs with Houston Dash

Olympian continuing on with NWSL club for at least two more seasons

Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt has re-signed with the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The W.J. Mouat grad helped lead the Dash to a win at the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup in the summer, and the new deal will see her stay with the club through the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023.

Schmidt started nine of the Dash’s 11 games this year and collected four goals and one assist.

“This makes my heart so happy,” she told the Dash website. “This club is moving in a great direction. The expectation is to build off of a very successful last season and I am excited to keep pushing with this amazing group of humans and players.”

Dash head coach James Clarkson said this is a big signing for the club.

“I’m very excited to re-sign Sophie – she’s a really important player for us on and off the field”, he stated. “She had an outstanding year and scored some really important goals. We want to continue pushing her to new levels.”

Schmidt has been part of Canada’s national team since 2005 and made her fourth World Cup appearance last summer in France. The 32-year-old is one appearance shy from earning her 200th cap for Canada and has tallied 19 goals and 20 assists. Schmidt was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame on Oct. 23, 2019.

She has also collected bronze medals for Canada at both the 2016 and 2012 Summer Olympics. She has also played professionally in Germany and with the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC.

RELATED: Abbotsford’s own Olympic medalist Sophie Schmidt comes home for special celebration

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