38. Sam Mewis
As others grabbed the headlines in a successful year for both North Carolina Courage and the USA, Mewis playing a key role in both teams was no coincidence. The 27-year-old has had to wait a while for a major chance with her country but she took it in 2019 and at the World Cup at times kept the superb Lindsey Horan out of the starting line-up. Mewis kept Horan on the bench for the second round, quarter-final and final, her energy and tenacity in midfield getting her the nod from Jill Ellis and she didn’t once let her outgoing manager down. She returned to club duty in top form too, forming an inpenetrable partnership with Denise O’Sullivan which was once again the foundation of the Courage’s success. She even popped up with a goal in the NWSL final against Chicago Red Stars.
Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage manager:
“Sam is a proven box to box midfielder whose development over last few years has been extraordinary. Great range of passing, fantastic ability to run with the ball and her tactical understanding of our principles make her an invaluable piece of our Courage midfield. Size, strength, intelligence and serene passer of the ball make her a game influencer”
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