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Sophie Schmidt might be missing link for Houston Dash

Canada's Sophie Schmidt (13) and Guyana's Kayla De Souza (4) chase after the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament soccer match Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Houston — After a long and exciting week, midfielder Sophie Schmidt is finally starting to settle down with her new team, the Houston Dash, after being away from the National Women’s Soccer League for a couple of years.

“I am just pumped to be back in the NWSL to Join Houston. I am really excited for the season to get going,” Schmidt said during Friday’s morning practice.

The Dash acquired Schmidt through the NWSL Discovery Process just a few days ago, and she is already on the pitch getting ready for the season. Schmidt joins Houston after three seasons with FFC Frankfurt in Germany’s Allianz Frauen-Bundesliga, where she scored six goals in 52 matches.

“It’s a bit of a whirlwind – getting here jet lag and all that stuff. It finally just exciting to put on the boots and laced up with the girls and play soccer,” Schmidt said.

The midfielder comes with 13 years of experience as a professional athlete. She started her career in 2005 with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the W-League, where she spent five seasons.

“Her experience and ability with the ball will have a major impact on the team,” Dash head coach James Clarkson said when Schmidt first signed.

Sky Blue FC was Schmidt’s first NWSL team, and she scored eight goals in 41 appearances for the New Jersey club from 2013-14.

The Canada native also has extensive international experience as part of the Canadian women’s national team. She represented her country in important tournaments, such as the Summer Olympic Games, where she won back-to-back bronze medals in 2012 and 2016. The midfielder also represented Canada for three FIFA Women’s World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2015).

Yes, being part of the Canadian women’s national team will cause her to miss a pretty big chunk of the 2019 NWSL season since she will most likely be part of the Women’s World Cup roster this summer. But, she will still bring a lot of value to the Dash.

New coach. New Players. New season. New opportunity.

The Dash have several preseason scrimmages coming up before kicking off the 2019 NWSL season in April. There is also an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at 9:30 a.m. CT.

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