Taylor Smith joins Albion on loan from Gotham FC

American joins Melissa Phillips's side on loan.

By BHAFC • 01 February 2024

By Patrick Sullivan
Smith joins Albion on loan for the remainder of the season.

We’re delighted to announce the loan signing of Gotham FC forward Taylor Smith for the remainder of the season, subject to a working visa and the usual regulatory processes.

Head coach Melissa Phillips said, "We are excited to welcome Taylor to Brighton as our latest January signing.

"Taylor is an experienced player with a competitors mindset and brings a wealth of experience from championship winning teams in the NWSL.

"We are eager to help her settle in and see the value she will add to our team for the rest of the season as we aim to climb the table."

By James Boardman
Smith ready for her loan spell with Albion.

The 30-year-old signed for Gotham FC in 2022 and has just won the NWSL Championship in November.

She began her professional career at Western New York Flash where she made 18 appearances and helped the team win the 2016 NWSL Championship.

She later signed for Washington Spirit, Newcastle Jets, OL Reign and eventually returned to Western New York Flash when they were then known as North Carolina Courage.

By James Boardman
Gotham forward is excited to compete in the WSL with Melissa Phillips's squad.

At college level she played for UCLA for three years, making 80 appearances and scoring 27 goals. She helped the Bruins win their first college cup title in 2013 and became captain in 2015.

Smith earned her first USWNT cap in 2017 during the Tournament of Nations. She later competed in the SheBelieves Cup in 2018 where the US were named champions.