Vlatko Andonovski: 'I don't think that's Sam Mewis' best'

Sam Mewis needed all of 46 minutes to score a hat trick in the USA's first match of 2021, but U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said she can do better.

“I don’t know if anyone can match that performance,” Andonovski said after the 4-0 win over Colombia in Orlando. “But I don’t think that’s her best. I really believe that Sam has still a lot to grow, which is exciting. It’s exciting for me, exciting for Sam, exciting for everyone, for the fans, for the whole country to have a player being so good but still with so much more to grow.”

Mewis, who was transferred to Manchester City in August, was the only U.S. starter who is currently playing club ball.

“It’s the first game of 2021," she said. "We wanted to start the year off on the right foot. We definitely had been preparing hard for this game so it feels good to come away with a win as a team."

The highlight of the game for Mewis came after she exited the match and watched her sister, Kristie Mewis, score the USA's fourth goal. Kristie Mewis earned a recall more than six years after her last international appearance when she helped the Houston Dash win the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, and she has scored in both games she has played.

“Being a professional soccer player, there’s so few people that understand what that’s like and understand the ups and downs of that,” Sam Mewis said. “There’s just so few people that really get it, and so to have my sister doing this alongside me, someone who really understands what we go through, what we do, how bad we want it, what we’re willing to give up to get it — I think it brings us so much closer."

4 comments about "Vlatko Andonovski: 'I don't think that's Sam Mewis' best'".
  1. E Velazquez, January 19, 2021 at 7:04 a.m.

    Disagree. Sam mewis is 28 years  old , is she going to "develop more" ? the coach thinks so. If in 28 years you have not developed  , then when will  you ? . It appears that what she needs is a COACH that  has soccer wisdom to utilize her skills and virtues with the ball and the game at her best. Her sister was " fortunate" on the goal. I dont think it was skill as she demostrated  the type of soccer she plays on  the field. All the players need to see Youtube videos of the greatest  player ever ,and attempt to learn from him : Diego Maradona, do you agree ?

  2. Wooden Ships replied, January 19, 2021 at 10:13 a.m.

    E, I'm not sure what the coach was referring to specifically about her game. Definitely agree with you about her age, however decision making does usually improve with each passing season. Regarding Diego, Mewis and most players can view video of his play, but that doesn't mean they can emulate what he did. Only a handful of players could. 

  3. R2 Dad, January 19, 2021 at 10:51 a.m.

    Not much can be gleaned from playing against such a poor opponent. I thought it was more telling Vlatko played Macario on the wing instead of up top, and Lloyd missed a handful of chances. Commentators said Lloyd could have had 3 goals by that point in the match, but maybe that was a younger Lloyd they were referring to. In all fairness, most of these players have not been playing competitively for months now.

  4. E Velazquez, January 19, 2021 at 6:32 p.m.

    If you understand soccer, and play as a striker  , then you have to learn to head the ball not to the keeper but away from her to materialize the goal.  It is sad that the previous US women's  coach did not teach  this to Ms Lloyd  and the rest. Any way , all of these players over 30 should start planning on retiring and become coaches for the generations to come

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