Sam Mewis is rejoining the North Carolina Courage, the team announced Monday morning.
Mewis’ return, as first reported in early May, will give the Courage a huge boost during the NWSL regular season. She made an immediate impact with Manchester City after signing with the club last August, netting 13 goals in 27 appearances during the 2020-21 FA Women’s Super League season.
She told Just Women’s Sports that being exposed to the game from an English perspective helped her grow as a player.
“Playing with the caliber of players on the team was an enormous privilege for me. My teammates have taught me so much,” Mewis said. “I’ve also learned more about the kind of player that I am and that I can be, and it’s given me even more to work on and develop in my own game. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to play for this team and would be honored to have the opportunity to play for Man City again someday.”
It shouldn’t take long for Mewis to reacclimate to the Courage. The 28-year-old midfielder played three seasons with the team before transferring to Man City after the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.
She’ll join fellow midfielders Debinha, who led the NWSL with three goals scored during the 2021 Challenge Cup, Kristen Hamilton and Jessica McDonald.
Mewis will also reunite with former teammate, roommate and “Snacks” co-host, Lynn Williams.
“I am equally honored to have the opportunity to return to North Carolina and the club that I’ve grown so much with over the years,” Mewis said. “I value and appreciate this team so much. Coming back was a decision that required a lot of thought, but I feel confident that this is the best place for me to be right now.”
Mewis will add scoring depth to a team that just missed out on the Challenge Cup final and heads into the NWSL regular season with expectations of winning the championship. She’s previously won two with the Courage.
“Ultimately, I just want to help the team win and to continue to develop as a player,” Mewis said. “I feel that the environment in our locker room is one that demands intensity and competition every day and requires you to push yourself physically and mentally.
“I have seen so much growth in myself and my teammates playing for Paul (Riley) and I’m excited to continue to be challenged. In a sense, I feel like I’m coming home and that gives me so much pride and motivation. I want more stars on our jerseys.”
The Courage season will also serve as Mewis’ final tune-up for the Tokyo Olympics. She is expected to make the final 18-player U.S. women’s national team roster, which must be announced by FIFA’s June 30 deadline.
“Obviously, my ultimate goal is to make the Olympics roster,” Mewis said. “In order to put myself in a position to do that, I need to stay fit and healthy and showcase what I can do for both the Courage and the USWNT if selected.”