Mewis with the United States women's national soccer team in 2016
|Full name||Samantha June Mewis|
|Date of birth||October 9, 1992|
|Place of birth||Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|North Carolina Courage|
|2007–2010||Whitman Hanson Regional|
|2014||Boston Breakers Academy||6||(4)|
|2015–2016||Western New York Flash||34||(9)|
|2017–||North Carolina Courage||37||(9)|
|2008||United States U-17||13||(8)|
|2010–2012||United States U-20||33||(8)|
|2013–2015||United States U-23||3||(1)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of August 7, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 2, 2019
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In the 2016 season, Mewis missed several games as she was away training with the U.S WNT in preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Western New York Flash finished fourth in the standings and qualified for the play-offs. In the semi-final, Mewis scored a goal in the 16th minute helping the Western New York Flash to upset the Shield winning Portland Thorns. In the NWSL Championship game Mewis once again scored a goal. The Championship game went to penalties, Mewis missed her penalty but the flash went on to win the Championship, winning the penalty shootout 3-2.
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It was announced on January 9, 2017, that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina,and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. Mewis had a very successful 2017 season, as she appeared in every game for the Courage, tallying 6 goals and 3 assists. She was named to the NWSL Best XI and was a finalist for the NWSL Most Valuable Player Award.
Mewis missed the beginning of the 2018 season as she was recovering from a knee injury. She appeared in 17 regular season games, as the Courage won their second consecutive NWSL Shield. In the play-offs, Mewis was in the starting line-up for the semi-final match against the Chicago Red Stars and scored a goal in the 86th minute. North Carolina won 2-0 and advanced to their second straight championship game. She played all 90 minutes in the NWSL Championship game as the Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 3-0. Mewis has now won two NWSL Championships.
Mewis was a member of the United States under-17 team that was runner-up at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. As her sister Kristie was also a member of the team, they were the first sisters to represent the United States at a Women's World Cup. They also played together at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.At the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Mewis helped the team win the championship after defeating Germany 1–0 in the final.
On January 24, 2014, Mewis was named for the first time to the senior national team roster for friendlies against Canada and Russia.She made her debut for the team at the 2014 Algarve Cup during the team's second match of the tournament, a 1–0 loss to Sweden.
After a spell out of the team, Mewis was invited back to the senior team following their success at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She continued to get regular playing time, scoring four goals in 2016 including the winning goal against Germany in the 2016 She Believes Cup that won the United States the trophy. Mewis was named as an alternate for the U.S. WNT for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In 2017 Mewis was one of three players to appear in every game for the U.S. WNT., she played 1,242 minutes which was second highest on the team. She scored three goals and was a finalist for 2017 U.S Female Player of the Year.
Mewis suffered a knee injury in a November 2017 game against Canada, which would sideline her for the beginning of 2018, forcing her to miss the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. Mewis returned to the field for the U.S in June 2018 in a friendly against China.In September 2018 she was named to the final 20 player roster of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
|Western New York Flash||2015||NWSL||20||4||0||0|
|North Carolina Courage||2017||24||6||2||0|
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.|
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|Olympic qualifier: Group A|
|5||2017-07-31||San Diego||1.1||18||Megan Rapinoe|
|2017 Tournament of Nations|
|2018 CONCACAF Championship|
Mewis' sister, Kristie, played for the United States women's national soccer team and plays professionally for the Houston Dash. In late December 2018, Mewis married longtime boyfriend Pat Johnson.
Western New York Flash
North Carolina Courage
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