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Kristie Mewis believes she has “definitely taken a step forward” in her career following a trip to the Olympics with the U.S. women’s national team and a breakout season with NJ/NY Gotham FC.

She recently sat down with Boardroom to discuss what she has done so far with the NWSL and USWNT and what she’d like to do next.

Mewis played for the Houston Dash for the last four seasons but switched to Gotham this offseason. The midfielder had two goals and one assist for Gotham in the preseason Challenge Cup tournament and has one goal and one assist through five games in the regular season, good for second on the team behind Midge Purce.

“I really enjoyed my time at Houston,” Mewis told Boardroom. “Playing for that team inevitably got me back with the national team, but it was time for a change, and I feel really happy at Gotham. I’m enjoying my time here so much. And I have so much learning to do from my new team, from my coach, and just playing for a different organization.”

Mewis said she has elevated the level and intensity of her play compared to earlier in her career.

“I definitely believe wholeheartedly that for a good chunk of my professional career, I was kind of just going with the flow [and] very average,” she said. “Now it’s different.”

Mewis is eyeing a spot on the 2023 World Cup team, saying that she’s going to “do everything I possibly can” to make coach Vlatko Andonovski’s squad. The desire stems in part from her drive to leave a legacy as a player.

“I’ve definitely taken a step forward in my career, and I just want to make the biggest impact that I possibly can on the sport for women, for my teammates, for the NWSL, for all the fans, and everyone looking up to us,” Mewis said. “[I want to] have a successful couple more years in my professional career and feel really good about what I left behind.”