Soccer Star Sophia Smith and Boyfriend Michael Wilson Are Engaged

Here's their relationship timeline and romantic engagement details.
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Updated Jul 09, 2024

Sophia Smith's boyfriend, NFL player Michael Wilson, recently popped the question to the American soccer player—and she said yes. From first meeting as college athletes in 2019, through ups, downs and even some time in a long-distance relationship, the pair are now planning to tie the knot. According to a romantic reel featured on Wilson's Instagram account, we can expect their upcoming nuptials some time "soon."

Smith, who will be playing forward for Team USA in the 2024 Paris Olympics, played college soccer at Stanford University. She led her team to an NCAA Championship in 2019 and was the first overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft by the Portland Thorns. As a rising star on the US Women's National Team, she is known for her speed, technical skills and scoring prowess. Like Smith, Wilson has also made a name for himself as an athlete. Here's what we know about him, his football career and his relationship with his bride-to-be.

  • Sophia Smith is engaged to Michael Wilson. They have been together since January 10, 2019.
  • Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson met as college athletes at Stanford University.
  • Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson announced their engagement on Instagram on June 15, 2024.

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Who is Sophia Smith's Fiance, Michael Wilson?

Michael Wilson, born February 23, 2000, is currently a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. He played college football at Stanford, where he overcame multiple injuries—including a serious foot injury and a collarbone fracture. Despite these setbacks, he was voted team captain during his final year at school and drafted in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He also received the Jim Reynolds Award and was a two-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Wilson has a master's degree in communication and completed a bachelor's degree in management science and engineering.

How Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson Met

The couple first met at Stanford University, where Smith was a starting player on the women's soccer team and Wilson was a wide receiver for the Stanford Cardinals.

Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson's Relationship Timeline

Here are a few major milestones and defining moments throughout Smith and Wilson's relationship together.

February 2019: Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson announce their relationship on IG

On February 10, 2019, exactly a month after the couple started dating, Smith posted two cute photos of the pair exploring San Francisco. It's the first time they appeared together on either of their Instagram accounts.

January 2020: Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson celebrate their first anniversary

On January 10, 2020, Smith and Wilson celebrated one year of being in a relationship together. Smith posted a photo to her Instagram account, showing her and Wilson embracing in front of a mirror. She captioned the post with: "anniversary babyy❣️i love you forever." Wilson responded to her post with "I love you" in the comments section.

Wilson also posted a celebratory Instagram photo of the couple, with a caption the says: "Life's a blessing with you in it🖤 I love you! Happy one year stud." This snap is the first one Wilson posted of him and his now-fiancée on his Instagram page.

January 2020: Sophia Smith leaves college early to enter the 2020 NWSL Draft

Just a few days after their first anniversary, Smith posted a heartfelt letter announcing that she had decided to leave college early to pursue a professional soccer career. On January 15, 2020, she shared her gratitude for Stanford, explaining that it had been a difficult decision to make—but the right one.

She ended up being the overall first-round pick by Portland Thorns, which took her from Palo Alto, California to Portland, Oregon, kicking off the start of Smith and Wilson's long-distance relationship.

December 2020: Sophia Smith supports Michael Wilson during foot injury

On December 10, 2020, Smith posted a photo of Wilson after the wide receiver injured his foot. It was this injury that took him off the field for about a year, causing Wilson to miss the beginning of his senior year.

Smith paired the photo with a caption, sharing these kind words to her Instagram followers: "just an appreciation post for my chipotle loving best friend, my rock, the love of my life and everything in between. you amaze me everyday & I know you will come back stronger than ever. a little broken foot can't stop us, we got this!! I love you ❤️."

September 2021: Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson continue their long-distance relationship

Smith left Stanford in 2020 to play professionally in the NWSL. She signed with the Portland Thorns, which put her and Wilson in a long-distance relationship. In September 2021, Smith took to Instagram, sharing with her followers that she missed Wilson.

October 2022: Sophia Smith becomes the youngest NWSL MVP

According to Just Women's Sports, the then-22-year-old became the youngest MVP in the NWSL. Smith was also named US Soccer Female Player of the Year, earned MVP honors at the 2022 NWSL Championship and later won the NWSL Golden Boot for most goals in the season.

April 2023: Michael Wilson gets drafted to the NFL

Wilson's dream of becoming an NFL player became a reality when the Arizona Cardinals picked him during the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He shared the news with a reel that featured a phone call recording of general manager Monti Ossenfort welcoming him to the team.

January 10, 2024: Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson celebrate 5 years together

On January 10, 2024, Wilson posted two photos of him and Smith together to celebrate five years of being in a relationship together. Little did we know that just a few months later, he'd be announcing news of their engagement!

Sophia Smith and Michael Wilson's Engagement

On June 15, 2024, Smith and Wilson let the world know that after more than 5 years of dating, the pair had gotten engaged. The couple posted a series of gorgeous photos showing off her beautiful engagement ring. Both looked absolutely stunning in the pictures, Smith in a white, off-shoulder maxi dress and Wilson in a cream-colored suit.

On June 20, 2024, Smith shared even more photos of their special day, which included appearances by close family members and a shot of Wilson down on one knee. We can't wait to see them on their wedding day.

Not only did news of Smith's engagement come in June—but also news that she would be joining the Olympic roster for the 2024 US Olympic Women's Soccer Team. She will be playing as one of five forwards, along with Crystal Dunn, Trinity Rodman, Jaedyn Shaw and Mallory Swanson.

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