Manchester City have announced the signing of the United States international and World Cup winner Sam Mewis.
The 27-year-old midfielder joins from two-time National Women’s Soccer League Championship winners and three time winners of the NWSL Shield, North Carolina Courage.
Mewis is new manager Gareth Taylor’s second signing of the summer, following the recruitment of winger Chloe Kelly from Everton, who scored nine goals from out wide in the curtailed 2019-20 season.
Mewis has scored 18 goals in 67 caps for the US Women’s National Team, including two in the 13-0 drubbing of Thailand at the World Cup in France last summer.
She is the first member of the US Women’s National Team to join a Women’s Super League side following the conclusion of the NWSL Challenge Cup. With a return date for the NWSL still unknown, it is believed that a number of players are looking at options in Europe to help prepare themselves for the postponed Olympics.
Similarly in search of regular playing time, England forward Jodie Taylor has joined European champions Lyon on a short-term deal from sister club OL Reign until the end of 2020.
Mewis, who will wear the number 22 shirt for City, said: “I’m so happy to have everything sorted. The opportunity came along at a really great time – as soon as I heard about the chance of coming to play for Manchester City, I was immediately interested.
“The club is one of the best in the world and I’ve heard such good things about the women’s side as a whole and the incredible facilities. I’ve followed the men’s team too for a long time. This is a really cool, unique and amazing opportunity in my career and I’m so excited to come and see Manchester as a city, be a part of this incredible club and hopefully help the team achieve their goals.”
Mewis won a National Championship and was a national player of the year for her college team UCLA Bruins before she joined Western New York Flash where she won her first NWSL Championship in 2016 before being picked up by North Carolina Courage.
Taylor said: “As well as being a World Cup winner, she will bring a wealth of experience and quality to our squad and I’m really pleased that she feels she can fulfil her ambitions with us. She will also be a fantastic addition to the Women’s Super League as a whole and we can’t wait to see her pull on a blue shirt for the first time.”