On Tuesday, Dec. 5, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis, and forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Today we continue “Making the Case” for each of the candidates with WNT midfielder Samantha Mewis
This year was a fantastic one for Samantha Mewis, who earned a leading role within the U.S. WNT. She started all 16 games (one of only two players to do so) and finished second on the WNT in minutes played with 1,242.
The six-foot Mewis proved to be an impact player in the center midfield, winning 50/50 balls on the ground and in the air while becoming a key player in the USA’s attacking rhythm. Her calm demeanor on and off the field also helped her become a leader on the U.S. team as well as a role model and guiding figure for the younger players.
In just her fourth year on the U.S. team, she almost doubled her career caps and goals to date, scoring against Brazil at the Tournament of Nations and tallying her first career brace against Korea Republic on Oct. 22 in Cary, N.C.
For the North Carolina Courage, Mewis was a finalist for the NWSL MVP award. She led the club to a first-place finish in the regular season, a semifinal victory against the Chicago Red Stars and into the championship game, coming just short of winning her second straight NWSL title. She started all 24 games and played all but 53 minutes of the regular season while scoring six goals with three assists. She was named to the NWSL Best XI.