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Kristie Mewis has been crowned Budweiser NWSL Player of the Week after an explosive two-goal performance against Kansas City.

Having just returned from National Team duties, Mewis injected the Dash offense with the creative energy necessary to secure the team’s first win of the 2021 Challenge Cup.

It didn’t take long for Mewis to make her presence known against Kansas City. In the 25th minute, Mewis skillfully brought down a botched clearance at the top of the box before cutting to her preferred left foot to let off a lethal far post banger.

In the 71st minute, Mewis found the back of the net again. This time it was a well-placed cross from teammate Nichelle Prince and a covert run by Mewis that broke down the Kansas City defense. Mewis’ one-timer put Houston up 3-0.

This stellar outing could prove consequential for Mewis, as she is still in contention for a spot on the yet-to-be-announced 18-player Olympic roster.

USWNT Coach Vlatko Andonovski has made it clear that he will be watching NWSL games and that they will play a role in his roster decision-making.

This could bode well for Mewis, who has consistently received a call up to the National Team since the December I.D. camp in 2019, following a five-year absence from the team. Mewis’ last outing for her country, a pair of international friendlies against Sweden and France, didn’t yield much playing time, making her NWSL player of the week honors all the more significant.