Mewis Voted 2020 U.S. Soccer Female Player of Year
UCLA graduate Sam Mewis was voted U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year for 2020 after an outstanding year with the U.S. Women's National Team, the North Carolina Courage and her new club, Manchester City.
Mewis, who won the 2014 Honda Sport Award for soccer and was named espnW's Player of the Year as a senior at UCLA, captures her first U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award. She joins Lauren Holiday (2014) as the only Bruins to win the award.
In 2020, Mewis played in eight of the nine games for the U.S. Women's National Team, with six starts, and scored four goals at the 2020 Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament, where she scored back-to-back braces against Costa Rica and Mexico.
Mewis also put in a strong performance at the NWSL Challenge Cup, playing in all five games for the North Carolina Courage before making a move to England and Manchester City in early August. She has proven to be one of the best midfielders in the FA Women's Super League, scoring six goals in 17 matches for ManCity - three in the league, two in the FA Cup and one in Champions League.
She helped ManCity win the delayed FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Everton on Nov. 1. In that match at Wembley Stadium, she became the third American, and second American woman, to score in an FA Cup Final, joining Carli Lloyd (2017) and Christian Pulisic (2020). She also scored the game-winner in the first leg of ManCity's 2-1 Round of 32 UEFA Women's Champions League match at Göteborg in Sweden and helped the team advance to the quarterfinals.
Votes for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year awards are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who earned a cap in 2020, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes' Council, National Women's Soccer League head coaches, select media members and administrators. In addition, select college coaches vote for U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year award. Mewis garnered 45 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Crystal Dunn (29 percent) and Lindsey Horan (11 percent). Another UCLA alumna, Abby Dahlkemper, was also a finalist for the award.
UCLA sophomore Mia Fishel is one of three nominees for U.S. Soccer's Young Female Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Monday, Dec. 21.