USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis joins Kelley to discuss how she went from kicking a ball around her backyard to becoming the Tower of Power. 

Sam discusses her early obsession with soccer and the competitive relationship with her sister, Kristie Mewis, that drove her to get better. She talks to Kelley about the decision to carve out her own path by attending UCLA, where she led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship in 2013 and was named the Honda Sports Award winner in 2015. 

As Sam’s game developed, so did her relationship with Kristie. The two made history as the first siblings to play on a US World Cup Team as members of the U17 women’s national team. After college, Sam joined her sister in the NWSL, being drafted fourth overall in 2015 to the Western New York Flash. Sam discusses what it was like to win an unexpected NWSL Championship with the Flash before the team moved to North Carolina, where the “underdog” Courage won two more championships in 2018 and ‘19. 

Kelley and Sam then recall the advice Kelley shared after Sam was named an alternate for the 2016 Olympic team, advice which helped Sam stay prepared for making the 2019 World Cup-winning team. There was also some advice on taking the time to celebrate important wins… which Sam also committed to 100%. 

The teammates end by checking in on their training and preparation ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. 

Sam’s Resume:

  • ESPN FC Women’s Rank: #1 on the 2021 list of 50 best women’s soccer players
  • U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year (2020)
  • Women’s FA Cup (Manchester City 2019–20)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup (2019)
  • NWSL Champions: (Western New York Flash, 2016; North Carolina Courage, 2018, 2019)
  • NWSL Shield: (North Carolina Courage 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • CONCACAF Women’s Championship (2018)
  • Tournament of Nations (2018)
  • NWSL Best XI (2017)
  • SheBelieves Cup (2016; 2020)
  • CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: (2016, 2020)
  • Honda Sports Award (2015)
  • NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship: (UCLA 2013)
  • FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup (2012)
  • CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship (2012)

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