Although an athletic and strong centre-forward Jarrod Smith has a deceptive turn of pace and has also played on the flanks at times in his career.
On the international front Smith played for New Zealand's U-20 side and was part of the New Zealand U-23 side that was narrowly beaten to a berth at the Athens Olympics by Australia. He featured in four of New Zealand’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches but was squeezed out of contention for the Bahrain playoff following a hamstring injury mid-year and a lack of club football, not to mention the fast-tracking of All Whites strikers Rory Fallon and Chris Wood. Smith was included in New Zealand’s squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 but failed to see any game time playing only in the pre-tournament friendly against Botswana.
Like a number of others in the All Whites set-up Smith has furthered his career in the MLS after starting out in USA’s college system. He scored on his MSL debut for Toronto FC against LA Galaxy and last year secured a contract with Seattle Sounders. However Smith underwent surgery to repair a torn right hamstring tendon and was released from the team’s roster last July without making an appearance, though his MLS rights remain with Seattle.
Smith will celebrate his 26th birthday on the day the All Whites face Italy in Nelspruit. Unlike several team-mates with famous footballing fathers, Jarrod Smith is the son of decorated New Zealand international cricketer Ian Smith.