Sam Mewis: 'I feel really lucky and really fortunate to have this opportunity'

Sam Mewis became the first U.S. star to leave the NWSL since the women's national team won the 2019 World Cup when she signed with Manchester City.

Mewis was one of the most decorated players in the NWSL, having won the 2016 NWSL championship with the Western New York Flash in her second season as a pro and two NWSL championships (2018-19) and three NWSL Shield titles (2017-19) with the Courage, which moved from Western New York after the 2016 season.

With no Courage games yet planned for the rest of the 2020 season and the U.S. national team schedule in limbo because of international travel restrictions, players are looking for competition to keep them sharp as they look ahead to 2021 and the rescheduled Summer Olynpucs in Japan.

Mewis emerged as a starter in the U.S. midfield ahead of Lindsey Horan at the 2019 World Cup under Jill Ellis, her college coach for her first three seasons at UCLA. Most of the other starters on the 2019 U.S. championship team have played overseas, in Europe or Australia. Carli Lloyd played briefly for Manchester City in 2017.

Mewis played for the Courage against Manchester City in 2019 at the International Champions Cup.

"I thought it would be cool to play overseas one day and for a club like Manchester City," Mewis told BBC Sport about her thoughts after the Courage's 2-1. "I feel really lucky and really fortunate to have this opportunity."
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