U.S Soccer Stars Heading For The WSL

U.S Soccer stars Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle are drawing interest from overseas with Manchester City reportedly close to agreeing a deal with the World Cup winners.

The Athletic’s Meg Linehan reports that Manchester City have already signed Sam Mewis and currently have an offer on the table for her fellow US teammate, Rose Lavelle. According to the report, Mewis has signed for one year with the WSL club and the same length of contract has been offered to Lavelle too.

Sam Mewis has earned 67 caps for the USWNT so far in her career and played a key role in their World Cup triumph last summer in France. The midfielder currently plays for North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League over in the US and has enjoyed a wealth of success with the Courage, winning two NWSL Championship titles and three NWSL Shields.

Her teammate, Rose Lavelle, also plays in the NWSL but for the Washington Spirit and has been a crucial player for the USWNT in recent years, appearing 45 times and scoring 12 goals. She made a name for herself in last summers’ World Cup scoring a goal in the final vs the Netherlands and picking up the Player of the Tournament Bronze ball just behind England’s Lucy Bronze and her US teammate, Megan Rapinoe.

Mewis and Lavelle are seen as part of the next generation of players leading the US to glory and have already gathered a lot of experienced both on and off the field in their fight for major honours as well as the fight for equal pay.

This would be an incredible deal for Manchester City who are looking to challenge for the Women’s Super League title again next season and potentially even a Champions League trophy to go with it. The only way to win such trophies is to sign the best players around and Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle definitely fall under that category.

The two midfielders both featured in this seasons’ NWSL Challenge Cup in Utah which was a replacement of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mewis reached the quarter-final stage with North Carolina Courage after winning their four group games but were knocked out by Portland Thorns. Lavelle also reached the quarter-final stage with Washington but was knocked out on penalties by Sky Blue FC with the midfielder being limited to 30 minutes by U.S Soccer during that match.

There are no more scheduled competitive games for NWSL clubs this season although it is reported that some clubs may play friendly’s against each other later on in the year which could possibly mean that both Mewis and Lavelle could play the whole 2020/2021 campaign with City and then re-join their NWSL clubs later in the year for their new season.

Both NCC and Washington Spirit do not get a say in the proposed transfers for these two players as they are under contract with the U.S Soccer Federations, who pay their wages for both club and country. They do have the option to pursue a deal with a club overseas while also gaining a national team salary.

These two players would not be the first of the U.S players to make the move overseas in recent years. The then 38 year-old Carli Lloyd made her famous move to Manchester City in 2017, left-back Crystal Dunn spent a year with Chelsea, Alex Morgan featured for Olympique Lyonnais in 2017, Lindsey Horan started her career at 18 with Paris Saint Germain and Megan Rapinoe also played in Lyon.

Manchester City were unfortunate to miss out on the title this season as they sat at the top of the table before football was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. No one knew how the season was going to be decided and had Manchester City hoped they could soon be handed their first WSL title since 2016, however, The FA decided it was best to end the season via a points per game (PPG) system which inevitably meant Emma Hayes’s Chelsea were crowned WSL champions.

It was a really close race throughout the season between Man City, Chelsea, and Arsenal but City, having sat at the top and not taking home the trophy, will be wanting to come back stronger next season and have already added depth to their squad with defender Lucy Bronze returning from Lyon, England teammates Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly as well as Mewis and potentially Lavelle to follow, they could very well blow everyone out of the water next campaign.

These two American superstars signing for Manchester City only adds to the mass group of International stars who have made the switch to the WSL this season.

In January we saw Australian International Sam Kerr sign for Chelsea and her Aussie teammate Caitlin Foord then joined Arsenal around the same time. The WSL season ended in February so they didn’t get much of an opportunity to play for their clubs so as the old cliché goes, they will be like new signings going in to the 2020/2021 season. The pair mentioned are not the only Aussies to make the switch to London as Steph Catley and Lydia Williams both joined up with Foord at Arsenal this summer. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold added to the Aussie invasion of London by signing for West Ham a few weeks back.

Chelsea have added a few International players to their squad themselves this summer with Candian star Jessie Fleming leaving UCLA and deciding to start her professional career in England as well as signing German International, Melanie Leupolz.

The Women’s Super League has seemed to become a hotspot for International talent recently and that will only improve the game in England moving forward.

 

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