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.”