Samantha Mewis to Miss Carli Lloyd’s Final USWNT Matches Before Retirement

Published 08/27/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Quarterfinal – Netherlands v United States – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan – July 30, 2021. Samantha Mewis of the United States celebrates scoring their first goal with Carli Lloyd of the United States REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


After Carli Lloyd announced her retirement from soccer, the USWNT is in a rebuilding phase. After successful World Cup victories and Olympic gold medals, the time has come for younger players to take over from veterans, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, and other incredible soccer players. Likewise, Samantha Mewis is coming of age to become one of the best players for the US soccer team playing from midfield. However, the midfielder now faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring her knee.

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Samantha Mewis is out for several weeks

Despite the aging players in the squad, Mewis is one of the best players on the team. She is an incredible box-to-box midfield who links the defense to the attack very well. After claiming the US Soccer player of the year for 2020, Mewis carried the United States during their matches in this year’s Olympics.

However, there’s disappointing news as has she sustained a knee injury. The North Carolina Courage midfielder will now miss out on USWNT’s matches in September. The midfield underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and looks set to be out for 6-8 weeks. It comes as a huge blow for the US as she is crucial for the team.

“It’s just something that’s been bothering me for a while, so after having discussions with the U.S. Soccer and the Courage medical staffs I decided it was best to get it cleaned up now. I feel good and I’ve already started on my rehab to work to get back for the end of the NWSL season and hopefully the October international window,” said Mewis.

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She misses Carli Lloyd’s retirement matches

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The injury comes as a big blow for her involvement in the upcoming matches for USWNT. Moreover, these were the last matches of US soccer legend, Carli Lloyd.

Jul 1, 2021; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; USA midfielder Samantha Mewis (3) is congratulated after scoring against Mexico in the first half during a USWNT Send-off Series soccer match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Carli Lloyd announced her retirement from the sport after having an incredible career leaving her one of the most decorated football players for the USA. She won two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals in her career. The incredible Lloyd scored 128 goals for Team USA and is finally retiring at the age of 39. After playing 312 matches, her retirement paves the way for new players to step up and be counted.

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Thus, the influence of Mewis will surely be missed after the pair brought home the Olympic bronze medal for the USWNT in Tokyo. Despite the retirement of Lloyd, the US national team looks good for the future.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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