NWSL Decision Day was a nerve-racking day for everyone involved, fans and players alike, as Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams shared on the most recent episode of their “Snacks” podcast for Just Women’s Sports.
Mewis, who is out for the season with a knee injury, tried to “watch three games at a time.” All 12 teams played simultaneously Sunday, with four playoff spots up for grabs on the final day of the season.
“I did the TV, iPad, phone situation. I mainly was watching the Gotham-Kansas City game, that was my main focus of the day,” she said. Mewis is under contract with the Current, while her sister Kristie plays for Gotham FC.
“But I also had the NC-Spirit game up for a little bit, especially at the end … So I was trying to watch all the games. They all had implications on each other.”
While Williams was on the field for Gotham FC, her injured teammate Kristie Mewis told her that both she and Kelley O’Hara were pacing around in their box as they watched their teammates fight to the finish. Mewis and O’Hara both were sidelined with lower leg injuries for the 2-2 draw, which clinched a playoff berth for their team.
“All I know is Kristie was telling me when they were watching upstairs, ‘We just kept moving all over the place,’ and she was like a nervous wreck,” Williams said.
Sam Mewis called the movement of the table “wild.” Ultimately, Gotham FC finished in sixth place, while Angel City FC finished in fifth.
“I watched you guys go from No. 3 to No. 6 because Angel City scored a fourth goal,” she said. “Or Orlando’s? It was wild, I don’t even know what happened.”
“There’s a funny video of Kelley outside screaming at us in the box,” Williams said. “And all of a sudden, they forced her to go inside because she had to watch by herself because she was all out of sorts watching. So they were like, ‘Get inside. We can’t handle you right now.’”