HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred and signed to a two-year contract with a club option in year three from Ipswich Town on Jan. 21, 2018.
Operating on the left side of a back three, the New Zealand international made an immediate impact in his first year with the Rapids, starting 33 games and scoring four goals with three assists.
INTERNATIONAL: Smith played for England’s U-17 and U-18 squads, including the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Two years later, Smith opted to represent the New Zealand national team, eventually making his senior debut in a 2-0 loss against Mexico on March 3, 2010. Smith was named to the All Whites’ final 23-man roster at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He went on to play every minute of all three group stage matches at left back, helping New Zealand earn a point in all three games by drawing with Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay, respectively.
OUTSIDE MLS: A product of Ipswich’s academy, Smith signed his first professional contract with the club in August 2007. The 27-year-old center back would go on to appear in 267 games across all competitions for The Blues, tallying 23 goals and 11 assists along the way. In the past seven campaigns, Smith averaged just under 30 games per year, including making 45 of 46 appearances in 2013-14 and 2015-16. During his time in England, Smith also spent brief loan stints with Stevenage Borough (2008), Brentford (2010) and Colchester United (2011).