Smith quits Arsenal for US league
England striker Kelly Smith has stunned Arsenal by quitting the club to play in the United States' new Women's Professional Soccer league.
Smith, 30, has agreed a four-year deal with Boston Breakers and joins team-mates Karen Carney and Alex Scott who are also crossing the Atlantic.
"A four-year contract adds longevity to my career," said Smith. "It's been great playing for Arsenal, they've been really good to me and it's a wrench to leave. But they've got more than enough quality to still be the best team in the country."
Smith will be one of the WPS's highest earners while Carney, Scott, Aluko and Asante will also earn substantially higher amounts than they could make in England.
I couldn't earn anywhere near to what I'll be getting in the WPS if I stayed in this country," added Smith. "But it's not just about money. It's about playing with and against the best players in the world, training every day and everything else that goes with being a professional footballer."
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