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Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt retires from international competition

Schmidt says goodbye alongside teammate and Canadian legend Christine Sinclair in Vancouver
Canada’s Christine Sinclair, back left, places the captain’s armband on teammate Sophie Schmidt as she leaves the field after being substituted off during the second half of an international friendly soccer match, in Vancouver on Tuesday (Dec. 5). (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

It was an emotional and fitting moment when Canadian soccer legend Christine Sinclair got the call to substitute out in the 58th minute of Tuesday’s (Dec. 5) friendly against Australia in Vancouver.

A crowd of 48,112 stood and cheered as Sinclair took her final steps in Canadian jersey – and the person to accept her captain’s armband and spot on the field was Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt.

The pair hugged and the final 32-plus minutes were also the last moments of Schmidt’s career in Canadian colours.

Canada earned the 1-0 win inside the renamed Christine Sinclair Place, but it was a celebration of the careers of two of the all-time greats in Canadian women’s soccer.

Schmidt, a W.J. Mouat grad, retires with 226 appearances in the red and white, behind only Sinclair who has 331. . The midfielder initially retired from international football after this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but came back to time her official on-field departure with her teammate.

Schmidt won an Olympic gold medal for Canada in 2020 and bronze medals in 2016 and 2012. She’s played professionally in Europe and North America and has played with the National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash since 2019. Schmidt is the current captain of the Dash. She is expected to return to Houston next season.

Schmidt made her debut at the World Cup in 2007 and scored a goal against Ghana at that event. She also suited up at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions of the event. The best that Canada has finished at those events was reaching the quarter-finals in 2015.

Ben Lypka

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I joined the Abbotsford News in 2015.
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