Sam Mewis

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Sam Mewis
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Personal information
Full nameSamantha June Mewis [1]
Date of birth (1992-10-09) October 9, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Weymouth, Massachusetts, [2] United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 5
Youth career
2005–2010 Scorpions SC
2007–2010 Whitman Hanson Regional
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2011–2014 UCLA Bruins 87 (31)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013 Pali Blues 10 (1)
2014 Boston Breakers Academy 6 (4)
2015–2016 Western New York Flash 34 (9)
2017– North Carolina Courage 48 (9)
National team
2008 United States U-17 13 (8)
2010–2012 United States U-20 33 (8)
2013–2015 United States U-23 3 (1)
2014– United States 59 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of August 24, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 3, 2019

Samantha June Mewis (born October 9, 1992) is an American soccer player. She plays as a midfielder for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. [3] She played college soccer for the UCLA Bruins. Her club career started in 2013 when she signed with Pali Blues in the W-League [4] and continues with her playing on North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League with two NWSL wins under her belt. [5]

Association football Team field sport

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Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

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North Carolina Courage American womens soccer club

The North Carolina Courage is a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., in 2013. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. They are affiliated with the men's team North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League, and play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Early life

Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to Robert and Melissa Mewis, [2] Samantha grew up in Hanson, Massachusetts where she attended Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and played on the soccer team, tallying 77 goals and 34 assists during her time there. [6] She grew up with her older sister Kristie, playing soccer for numerous youth teams, including club team, Scorpions SC, as well as the under-17 and under-20 United States national teams. [7] [8] [9] Mewis earned Parade All-American honors twice during her high school years and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national player of the year in 2010. [10] In 2011, she was named Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second time after receiving the accolade previously for 2009–10. [11] [12] The same year, she was named ESPN RISE All-American after scoring 30 goals and serving 8 assists during her senior year. [13]

Weymouth, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Weymouth is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, one of 13 Massachusetts municipalities with city forms of government while retaining "town of" in their official names. It is named after Weymouth, Dorset, a coastal town in England, and is the second-oldest settlement in Massachusetts. It is one of the South Shore's more affordable towns and offers a short commute into Boston, MBTA bus and rail service, and a town beach.

Hanson, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Hanson is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States and is one of the inland towns of the South Shore. The population was 10,209 at the 2010 census.

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School is a public high school located in Whitman, Massachusetts. The school serves students in grades 9-12 from the towns of Whitman, Massachusetts and Hanson, Massachusetts. It is part of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. The schools colors are Black & Red and their mascot is the Panther.

Mewis (top) celebrating the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup win with Vanessa DiBernardo, Molly Pathman and Kelly Cobb Mewis, DiBernardo Pathman Cobb celebrating FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2012 Awards Ceremony 08 (cropped).JPG
Mewis (top) celebrating the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup win with Vanessa DiBernardo, Molly Pathman and Kelly Cobb

UCLA Bruins

In her first year, Mewis was second on the team in scoring with six goals and seven assists, only bested by current United States women's national soccer team member Sydney Leroux and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Due to national team commitments, Sam missed the first six games of her second season, but finished the year with three goals and three assists in 16 games. [2] In her junior year, Mewis helped UCLA win the Pac-12 championship on the way to its first NCAA Championship. [14] In December 2014, she was named the winner of the 2015 Honda Award for soccer by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). [15]

United States womens national soccer team Womens national association football team representing the United States

The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning four Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. It medaled in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF. The United States women's national soccer team recently just won the 2019 World Cup for the 4th time by defeating Netherlands 2-0.

Sydney Leroux Canadian-born American soccer player

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Club career

Pali Blues

In 2013, Mewis signed with the Pali Blues in the W-League. [4] The team won the western conference title [16] as well as the national championship in July 2013. [17]

Pali Blues

Pali Blues was an American women's soccer team, which played from 2008 to 2014. The team was a member of the United Soccer Leagues USL W-League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada. The team played in the Western Conference against Colorado Force, Colorado Rush, LA Strikers, Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Seattle Sounders Women, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Victoria Highlanders Women.

The USL W-League was a North American women's soccer developmental organization. The W-League was also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league was administered by the United Soccer Leagues system, which also oversees the men's United Soccer League and Premier Development League. The W-League announced on November 6, 2015 that the league will cease operation ahead of 2016 season.

Western New York Flash, 2015–2016

Mewis was selected fourth overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 National Women's Soccer League entry draft. [18] She started all 20 regular-season games for the Flash, scoring 4 goals and providing 4 assists to share the top of the team scoring leaderboard with Lynn Williams. [19] On September 9, 2015, the NWSL announced that Mewis was selected as a finalist for the NWSL Rookie of the Year Award for the 2015 season, along with Sofia Huerta and the eventual winner, Danielle Colaprico. [20] [21]

Western New York Flash professional soccer club in the United States

The Western New York Flash (WNYF) was an American professional soccer club based in Elma, New York that competed in the United Women's Soccer league. They have won league championships in four different leagues: the USL W-League in 2010, Women's Professional Soccer in 2011, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012, and the National Women's Soccer League in 2016. The team relocated to North Carolina in 2017 as the North Carolina Courage.

National Womens Soccer League Professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

The 2015 NWSL College Draft was held on January 16, 2015 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

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. [22]

2016 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. These were the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America and the fourth to be held in a developing country, after the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, the 1980 Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.

North Carolina Courage, 2017–present

It was announced on January 9, 2017, that the Western New York Flash was officially sold to new ownership, moved to North Carolina, [23] 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. [24]

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. [5]

Club summary

As of August 24, 2019
ClubSeasonLeaguePlay-offsRef.
LeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Western New York Flash 2015 National Women's Soccer League 204
2016 14522
North Carolina Courage 2017 24620
2018 17321
2019 7000 [25]
Total821863

International career

Mewis with the United States women's national soccer team in June 2016 Sam Mewis.jpg
Mewis with the United States women's national soccer team in June 2016

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. [26] 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. [27]

On January 24, 2014, Mewis was named for the first time to the senior national team roster for friendlies against Canada and Russia. [28] [29] 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. [30]

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. [31]

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. [32]

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. [33] In September 2018 she was named to the final 20 player roster of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. [34]

In May 2019, Mewis was named to the final 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. [35] She ended up playing in 6 out of 7 matches, including the final.

Player statistics

World Cup appearances

MatchDateLocationOpponentLineupResultCompetition
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
1
2019-06-11 [36] Reims, France Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Start13–0 W Group stage
2
2019-06-20 [37] Le Havre, France Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Start2–0 W Group stage
3
2019-06-24 [38] Reims, FranceFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Start2–1 W Round of 16
4
2019-06-28 [39] Paris, France Flag of France.svg  France

off 82' (on Lloyd)

2–1 W Quarter-final
5
2019-07-02 [40] Décines-Charpieu, France Flag of England.svg  England

on 67' (off Lavelle)

2–1 W Semi-final
6
2019-07-07 [41] Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Start2–0 W Final

International goals

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
LocationGeographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
LineupStart – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
( c ) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Goal in matchGoal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
#NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
MinThe 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/passThe 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 pkGoal 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.)
ScoreThe match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
ResultThe 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

aetThe 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-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

GoalDateLocationOpponentCapLineupMinAssist/passScoreResultCompetition
1
2016-02-15 [m 1] Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 690+1 Crystal Dunn

6050.10005 10–0

6050.10005 10–0

Olympic qualifier: Group A
2
2016-03-09 [m 2] Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8

off 61' (on Horan)

41unassisted

5150.02005 2–1

5150.02005 2–1

SheBelieves Cup
32016-10-19 [m 3] Sandy Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 15

on 76' (off Sullivan)

76 Christen Press

5250.02005 4–0

5950.09005 4–0

Friendly
42016-11-13 [m 4] Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 18

on 71' (off Long)

90+1 Kelley O'Hara

5350.03005 5–0

5650.06005 5–0

Friendly
52017-07-31 [m 5] Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 27

off 86' (on Long)

18 Megan Rapinoe

5250.02005 1–1

5950.09005 4–3

2017 Tournament of Nations
62017-10-22 [m 6] Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 32

off 46' (on Long)

3 Abby Dahlkemper

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 6–0

Friendly
720unassisted

5350.03005 2–0

82018-10-07 [m 7] Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 395 Christen Press

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 5–0

2018 CONCACAF Championship
92019-04-07 [m 8] Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 47

off 73' (on Zerboni)

33 Christen Press

5350.03005 4–0

5650.06005 6–0

Friendly
102019-05-12 [m 9] Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 4837 Rose Lavelle

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 3–0

Friendly
1178 Megan Rapinoe

5350.03005 2–0

122019-05-16 [m 10] Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 49

on 46' (off Horan)

84 Christen Press

5350.03005 5–0

5650.06005 5–0

Friendly
132019-06-11 [m 11] Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 5150 Megan Rapinoe

5350.03005 4–0

5650.06005 13–0

FIFA Women's World Cup: Group Stage
1454 Rose Lavelle

5350.03005 6–0

Personal life

Mewis' sister, Kristie, played for the United States women's national soccer team and plays professionally for the Houston Dash. [42] In late December 2018, Mewis married longtime boyfriend Pat Johnson in Boston, Massachusetts.

After winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Mewis revealed that while she was young, her father, Bob Mewis, would pick up side jobs to be able to afford her and her sister's soccer expenses.[ citation needed ]

Honors

College

UCLA

International

Club

Western New York Flash

North Carolina Courage

Personal

Ticker Tape Parade

Following the United States' win at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Mewis and her teammates were honored with a Ticker tape parade in New York City. Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

See also

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