USWNT star Sam Mewis starts strong at Manchester City

Most of the Americans that made the trek to England to play in the Women’s Super League are just beginning to see the field, but one of them is already one of her team’s most important players.Sam Mewis has only made three league appearances and played in a pair of FA Cup matches for Manchester City and the club already can’t imagine life without their new American midfielder. Mewis scored the winning goal against Arsenal while putting in a Woman of the Match performance overall in the FA Cup semifinal on Thursday and she followed that up with another goal in their 4-1 WSL win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Mewis’s goal against Arsenal was an example of how she can both facilitate attacking moves as well as finish them. She started the attack by moving into space and picking out Chloe Kelly on a wide run. Mewis followed up her pass into more space at the top of the penalty area, where she was in prime position to receive a lay-off from Ellen White before knocking the ball home.The goal against Tottenham was a display of similar skills. She worked a very nice one-two move with Janine Beckie after collecting a pass from Kelly to score her second goal in as many games.

Mewis has done more than score goals, too. Her stamina and aerial ability have been on display as well as she has shown Manchester City why she is an excellent box-to-box midfielder.Mewis is developing a real chemistry with her Manchester City teammates, but particularly with fellow newcomer Chloe Kelly. Kelly has played on both wings during Mewis’s brief time in Manchester, and regardless of which side either one lines up on, the pair often link up for dangerous plays. Kelly credits Mewis and fellow USWNT attacker Rose Lavelle, for both growing City as a team and her game individually.“They are absolutely brilliant, they are natural winners, natural leaders and they just give that extra spark,” Kelly said after the Tottenham win. “Playing with Sam [Mewis], she’s very on the ball. When she’s running with it you know no one is getting it off her. If we know that then she’s going to put us in so it’s been great playing with them and learning off of them.” The learning and growth goes both ways, too. Mewis is making the most of the opportunity to play in a new league with new teammates and new coaches. “I feel like I’m learning a lot,” she said after scoring in the Arsenal game. “I feel like I have a lot to learn and a lot left to do this season for the team, so I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

Not everything is new, however. One reason Mewis has adjusted so well to life overseas is the familiar presence of Rose Lavelle. They share an apartment together and provide a sense of familiarity both on and off the pitch. Lavelle made her debut in the FA Cup win over Arsenal, marking the first time the two USWNT teammates played for the same club team.“It was really fun to play with her again,” Mewis said after the Arsenal win. “It’s cool that we get to be teammates for our club team cause we’ve never done that before. So I’m really excited to continue doing that and to continue being with her. It’s been great so far.”Now that Mewis is settled in at Manchester City and once Lavelle follows suit, it will be fun to see what the duo can accomplish together and with their talented teammates. If these last two games are any indication, the rest of the Women’s Super League could be in trouble.Mewis and Manchester City are next in action on Wednesday with a League Cup game against Everton and they return to WSL play on Sunday with a huge match against defending champions Chelsea. The Women’s FA Cup Final, also against Everton, is on November 1 at Wembley Stadium.