NWSL Moves: Mewis and Lavelle return after one season with Manchester City

U.S. national team stars Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle are returning to the NWSL after one season at Manchester City.

Mewis will return to the North Carolina Courage with which she won two NWSL championships (2018-19) and three consecutive NWSL Shields (2017-19). Courage gave her a new contract, using allocation money, that will keep her in North Carolina through the 2023 NWSL season.

Lavelle will join OL Reign, which acquired her NWSL rights from the Washington Spirit in August 2020 for a first-round draft pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft and $200,000 in allocation money.

Mewis, 28, and Lavelle, 26, had wildly different experiences at Manchester City, which finished second in the WSL behind Chelsea. Mewis had seven goals and two assists in 17 WSL games, scored the opening goal of in the 3-1 win over Everton in the 2020 FA Cup Final and had five goals in six Champions League matches. Lavelle played just 466 minutes and scored just one goal in the 2020-21 WSL campaign.

Both played their last game of the season on Sunday and both scored in Manchester City's 5-1 win over West Ham United in the FA Cup. The remainder of the tournament will be played next season, beginning with the quarterfinals in September.

A third U.S. World Cup champion is at Manchester City. Abby Dahlkemper, who also played at North Carolina, signed a contract with City in January through the 2022-23 season.

Courage head coach Paul Riley on Mewis:
“Sam has been one of the juggernauts that has driven our success at the club. She has matured into one of the most inspirational and talented players in the game. To have her back in Courage Country shows the clubs desire to remain at the top. With her ability to penetrate with the ball, her range of passing and her tactical acumen, she has the ability to control the tempo and completely influence games. Her presence in the locker room will be an emotional lift for the entire squad and, most importantly, Sam will bring out the best in other players.”

OL Reign head coach Farid Benstiti on Lavelle:
“She is a special player that has the ability to change games. She is an ambitious player and very effective in the midfield. Her experiences in the NWSL and WSL, as well with the national team have made her a very aware and intelligent player.”

1 comment about "NWSL Moves: Mewis and Lavelle return after one season with Manchester City".
  1. R2 Dad, May 18, 2021 at 11:47 a.m.

    Mewis had a good season in England. I could see her at Lyon as they will be desperate to get back to the CL finals next year. But you could say that about many of the American players in NWSL. I hope more players decide to spend some time across the pond, even if it's just on loan.

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