Women's Football

Sam Mewis & Rose Lavelle leave Man City to return to NWSL

Jamie Spencer
May 17, 2021, 4:45 PM GMT+1
Rose Lavelle (L) & Sam Mewis (C) have left Man City after one season in the WSL
Rose Lavelle (L) & Sam Mewis (C) have left Man City after one season in the WSL / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
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USWNT stars and 2019 World Cup winners Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle have both left Manchester City after a single season in England to return to the NWSL.

Mewis has re-joined former club North Carolina Courage, with whom she won the NWSL championship in both 2018 and 2019, while Lavelle has moved to OL Reign, who had traded for the player’s NWSL registration last summer prior to her spell in Manchester.

Sam Mewis was nominated for WSL player of the season
Sam Mewis was nominated for WSL player of the season / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Both Americans had arrived in the Women’s Super League in 2020 with enormous reputations after the parts they had each played at the previous year’s World Cup in France.

Mewis in particular thrived in the WSL and was even nominated for the league’s player of the season award. Lavelle, who won the Bronze Ball at the World Cup, struggled to make the same level of impact and was often a substitute for City rather than a starter.

It is a shame that City fans never had the chance to see the pair live in action as coronavirus restrictions that are just now easing meant stadiums were closed for the entire WSL season.

But both are grateful for the opportunity to experience playing in England, no matter how briefly.

Rose Lavelle didn't start regularly for Man City
Rose Lavelle didn't start regularly for Man City / Visionhaus/Getty Images

“I have learned so much while being here, especially from my teammates. I never expected to make such strong friendships in a short span of time, but I can honestly say that I love these girls and hope to play with everyone again someday,” Mewis told ManCity.com.

“It’s been an honour to work alongside some of the best players and teammates in the world. For everything soccer has given me, one of my favourite things is the friendships and I’m leaving City having met some of the best friends I could have ever asked for,” Lavelle added.

Across the city, fellow USWNT players Tobin Heath and Christen Press are also expected to leave Manchester United after just one season to return to the NWSL as well.

Christen Press & Tobin Heath are expected to leave Man Utd
Christen Press & Tobin Heath are expected to leave Man Utd / Michael Regan/Getty Images

The 2021 NWSL season began with the Challenge Cup mini-tournament that was won by Portland Thorns earlier this month, with the regular season now underway as of May 15.

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