Mewis feels she has ‘won lot­tery’ af­ter join­ing City

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Fiona Tomas

Manch­ester City have signed United States in­ter­na­tional and World Cup win­ner Sam Mewis, who has com­pared join­ing the Women’s Su­per League club to “win­ning the lot­tery”.

The 27-year-old, who was a key player in the US’s World Cup cam­paign in France last year, joins from North Carolina Courage in Amer­ica’s Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League.

“I feel so lucky to have the op­por­tu­nity,” Mewis told the BBC. “A cou­ple of months ago my agent came to me with it and my eyes just kind of opened wide be­cause ob­vi­ously Manch­ester City is such a great club and is so well known.

“We [North Carolina Courage] played them last year in the ICC [In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup] tour­na­ment and I just re­mem­ber think­ing how good they were and how ev­ery player was so com­fort­able on the ball.

“I thought it would be cool to play over­seas one day and for a club like Manch­ester City. I feel re­ally lucky and re­ally for­tu­nate to have this op­por­tu­nity.”

The mid­fielder, who has 67 caps and 18 goals for her coun­try and was an NWSL Cham­pi­onship win­ner with Western New York Flash, is City’s sec­ond sum­mer sign­ing, af­ter Eng­land striker Chloe Kelly joined from Ever­ton last month.

Eng­land stars Alex Green­wood and Lucy Bronze are also set to link up with Gareth Tay­lor’s side from French and Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Lyon ahead of the new WSL cam­paign, which is sched­uled to be­gin on Sept 5.

In sign­ing for City, who lost out on a suc­ces­sive WSL ti­tle in May to Chelsea af­ter the league was de­cided on points-per-game, Mewis fol­lows in the foot­steps of fel­low US in­ter­na­tional Carli Lloyd, who joined the club on a short-term deal in 2017.

“I feel like the WSL is such a great place to try to play,” Mewis said. “Carli Lloyd has just raved about her ex­pe­ri­ences here.”

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