United States midfielder and 2019 World Cup winner Sam Mewis says joining Manchester City “is like winning the lottery”.
Mewis has played 67 times for her country and featured regularly during last year’s World Cup,starting the 2-0 final win over the Netherlands in Lyon.
The 27-year-old has joined the former Women’s Super League champions from North Carolina Courage.
“I feel so lucky to have the opportunity,” Mewis told BBC Sport.
“A couple of months ago my agent came to me with it and my eyes just kind of opened wide because obviously Manchester City is such a great club and is so well known.
“We [North Carolina Courage] played them last year in the ICC [International Champions Cup] tournament and I just remember thinking how good they were and how every player was so comfortable on the ball.
“I thought it would be cool to play overseas one day and for a club like Manchester City. I feel really lucky and really fortunate to have this opportunity.”
The midfielder is City’s second summer signing after England striker Chloe Kellyjoined from Everton.
They narrowly missed out on their second WSL title last season – they were top of the table when the campaign was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but dropped to second spot whenfinal positions were decided on a points-per-game basis.
Under new boss Gareth Taylor, they willstart the 2020-21 season with an away game at newly-promoted Aston Villaduring the weekend of 5-6 September.
‘I will have to earn my stripes’
Mewis follows in the footsteps of her USA team-mate Carli Lloyd, whohad a short spell with Manchester City in 2017.
And the midfielder says playing overseas is something more are considering to “add depth to their game” or to “have experience of playing in a country where the culture of football is so deep, top to bottom”.
“I feel like the WSL is such a great place to try to play,” added Mewis. “Carli Lloyd has just raved about her experiences here – the facilities, the girls and the team. So obviously it’s a huge opportunity for me and that makes it so exciting.
“As players go on in their career and look to move abroad, this is definitely a great option.”
Mewis says she is “excited and honoured” to play alongside and learn from many “world-class players” in the Manchester City squad but admits she will have her “work cut out” to make the team.
“The midfield is so good and so talented so I will have to earn my stripes here. Keira Walsh is one I have a lot of respect for – all the Lionesses, I know, are so go