|North Carolina Courage star Sam Mewis heading to Manchester City|
|Joins FA Women’s Super League side|
|Published Monday, August 10, 2020 10:24 am|
|NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE|
|North Carolina Courage and U..S. women's national team standout Sam Mewis is headed to Manchester City after three years.|
Sam Mewis is heading to England.
The three-time NWSL champion and United States women’s national team World Cup winner departs the North Carolina Courage for Manchester City Women’s Football Club in the FA Women’s Super League. The Courage will retain her NWSL rights.
“I’ve been so lucky to be part of the Courage for the last three and a half years,” Mewis said in a statement. “It’s been so challenging, rewarding, and fun to compete with my teammates and friends in front of the most wonderful fans. I miss North Carolina already and I hope to return to the team in the future.”
Mewis, who joined the Courage in 2017, leaves with 14 goals and 11 assists over 5,121 minutes.
She played in all five of the Courage’s NWSL Challenge Cup matches this year, with 379 minutes, a goal and one assist. She also organized a team fundraiser for the National Black Justice Coalition, raising $10,811 through an online auction.
“Sam has been a tremendous leader for our club and her development has been astronomical,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said. “She has improved her game in every department and I’m super proud of the player she has become. This step to Manchester City is important in many aspects. She gets to be uncomfortable again, her role will change, different tactics, and she will be shaped even further as she strives to become the best box-to-box midfielder in the world. Most important for Sam right now are competitive games, especially leading into an Olympic year, and she will be able to play 20 games over the next six to seven months, which is hugely valuable.”
Said North Carolina club president and general manager Curt Johnson: “Sam is a special person, player, and leader. She has been instrumental in establishing the special culture that now exists within the North Carolina Courage team and more broadly in the entire club. We wish her the best in this new journey and look forward to her return.”
Mewis is well acquainted with Manchester City, having beaten them in the 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup. The English side’s 2019-20 campaign secured their place in a fifth straight UEFA Women’s Champions League.
“I’m excited to join Manchester City as I feel the experience will expose me to new challenges,” Mewis said. “The team has so many talented players and I am really looking forward to getting started. I’m honored to have this opportunity and I hope that I can impact the team positively.”
Said Riley: “I’m excited to see Sam continue on her quest to be the best and we will continue to support her every step of the way. We also look forward to the day she puts her N.C. Courage uniform back on.”
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