Who is ESPN’s Number 1 in the game right now Sam Mewis?
American midfielder Samantha June Mewis was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States on the 9th of October 1992. Whilst growing up in Hanson, Massachusetts she attended Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and played soccer racking up 77 goals and 34 assists during her time with the high school club. Alongside her sister, she played soccer for numerous youth teams as she built up her skills and knowledge of soccer to perfect herself. On of the youth teams she played for were Scorpions SC and she also played for the United States national team’s youth teams. During her high school years she earned Parade All-American honours twice and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national player of the year in 2010.
In 2011, she was named the Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second time as she previously received the accolade for the 2009-10 season. She was also named as ESPN RISE All-American in the same year as she scored 30 goals and helped with 8 assists during her senior year of high school. After finishing high school, she moved forward to university where she joined the UCLA Bruins. In her first year, she was second out of all players after scoring 6 goals and assisting 7 goals. However, due to national duty, she had to miss the first 6 games of the second season with the team but managed to finish the year with 3 goals and 3 assists from 16 games. In 2014, she was named the winner of the 2015 Honda Award for soccer by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).
In 2013, alongside playing with her university team, she signed with the Pali Blues in the W-League. The team won the western conference title and also won the national championship in the July of that year. However, in 2014, she was named for the first time to the senior United States Women national team roster for their friendly games against Canada and Russia. She made her debut for the team at the 2014 Algarve Cup during the team’s second match of the tournament, in which they lost 1-0 to Sweden.
In 2015, she was selected fourth overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League entry draft and made an impressive debut as she started in all 20 regular season games throughout the season and scored 4 goals with 4 assists to share the top of the team with fellow teammate Lynn Williams. She as selected as a finalist for the NWSL Rookie of the Year Award for the 2015 season.
Due to commitments to national duty, she missed several games during the 2016 season as she was training with the U.S. WNT in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Despite not playing throughout the season, the team qualified for the play-offs and in the semi-finals, she scored a goal in the 16th minute to defeat the Shield winning Portland Thorns FC. In the final match, she scored another goal, however, missed a penalty. Despite this, the Flash still won the penalty shootout by 3-2 and won the Championship.
After Western New York Flash officially sold to new ownership, they rebranded as the North Carolina Courage in January of 2017. In the 2017 season, Mewis shone through as she appeared in every single game and racked up 6 goals with 3 assists. Due to her performance, she was named to the NWSL Best XO and was a finalist for the NWSL Most Valuable Player Award. As she was recovering form a knee injury, she missed the beginning of the 2018 season. However, once recovered, she appeared in 17 regular season games as the club won their second consecutive NWSL Shield. Mewis was named in the starting line-up for the semi-final match against the Chicago Red Stars and scored one of their 2 goals in the 86th minute advancing the club to their second straight championship game. In the NWSL Championship game she played the whole 90 minutes as they defeated the Portland Thorns 3-0 adding another NWSL Championship title to Mewis’ achievements.
As she was named in the 2019 World Cup line-up, she played in 6 out of 7 matches for the national team, including the final where she scored 2 goals in their 13-0 group stage victory over Thailand and helped the United States win overall after defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final and becoming the 2019 World Cup champions. Due to her national commitments, she only appeared in 12 regular season games for North Carolina Courage in 2019 as they won the NWSL Shield for the third consecutive time and won their second consecutive NWSL Championship as they defeated the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 with Mewis scoring a goal to add to their success.
The 2020 season was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic meaning the season had to come to a standstill. However, Mewis still took part in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup as she made 5 appearances and scored 1 goal as they topped the standings but were eliminated in the first knockout round by the Portland Thorns. She also played in 8 of the 9 matches during her international commitments for the USA and as she was named in the starting line-up for 6 of them, she also scored 4 goals. In December of 2020, she was named to the 2020 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time in her career and became the 17th player to win the award.
Ahead of the 2020-21 season, she moved over to England and signed for Manchester based FA WSL club Manchester City Women in the August of 2020. She made her debut as a substitute for the club during their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea Women at Wembley in the 2020 Women’s FA Community Shield a couple of weeks after signing for the club. Throughout the season, she made 32 appearances and scored 16 goals including the 2019-20 Women’s FA Cup winning goal in the semi-final against Arsenal Women and again in the final as City beat Everton Women 3-1 in extra-time in order to defend their title. In the WSL, City finished second for their fourth consecutive season as they finished behind Chelsea Women. Mewis was named to the FA WSL PFA Team of the Year at the end of the season. She finished her club career with City with 17 appearances and 7 goals.
As she left England, she returned to North Carolina Courage in 2021 and made 5 appearances with 1 goal throughout their 2021-22 season. However, she was traded to Kansas City Current in exchange for Kiki Pickett in the November of 2021 as she was also traded for the Number 3 overall pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft.