Women’s Olympic Football Championship
- Sam Moyes recently won the USA Player of the Year award
- The midfielder is also starring with English giants Manchester City
- Moyi spoke to FIFA.com about mentality, family, and aspirations for the future
If there was one trait, besides distinction, that distinguished the US women’s national team, it was self-confidence. They are the best in the world, and as individuals and as a group, USWNT is shamelessly enjoying this hard-earned status.
Sam Mewis has more reason than others to walk with such vaunted stride. After all, in this peerless team, she stands as the best performer, having recently been voted on – by a large margin – American Footballer of the Year.
Mewis has excelled at club level as well, and on the long and star-studded list of overseas imports to WSL in England, few – if any – match the impact that the “Tower of Power” has had in Manchester City.
But when a coach Flatko Andonovsky She describes this outstanding midfielder as “a true example of what USWNT stands for”, not because she bears that hallmark of unwavering self-confidence. far from it.
When Mewis speaks simply of his “hope that you will be called to the next camp,” and of anxiety in front of the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ Finally about “not wanting to be the reason why we shouldn’t win,” there is no sign of false modesty. These comments instead reflect the quiet and genuine humility that shaped her career.
The 28-year-old stands, as Andonowski knows, for another defining quality of USWNT: his determination to never stand still, and never be satisfied with his many accomplishments. It’s the same dedication to continuous self-improvement that transformed Moyes from a small, unimaginable part player Canada 2015 The team, to first choice in 2019 and now, in Megan Rapinoe, “the best player on our team”.
An ankle injury, which he sustained while scoring a hat-trick against Colombia in January, will prevent Moyes from fulfilling those high bills at the next Shebelieves Cup. But she will encourage her team-mates, and in particular, Sister Kristi, And hopes that the two halves of this Mewis midfield alliance can take gold in Women’s Olympic Football Championship Later this year.
FIFA.com: You, Sam And Christy was a part of the USA from a very early age and in their teenage years they were competing in tournaments in different parts of the world. How do you think about those experiences now?
Everything about it – living away from home, playing football to a really high standard against players from different cultures – was a great preparation for what I experienced in the 2019 Seniors World Cup. The tournament structure is very similar, and when you have this experience at a young age – and you know what the challenges are – it definitely qualifies you to experience it all on a larger scale. Traveling the world, especially at such a young age, is a privilege anyway, and doing it with my sister made him very special – even if there were times we wouldn’t get along well with her back then! (Laugh) Though, even in those days, football was one of the things that revolved around each other. It was something that people outside often found difficult to relate to, and it always kept us close.
Is it fair to say that the struggles of those teenage years are long gone? It looks like you and Christie are closer than ever.
definitely. My mom always says, “Thank God they’re friends now!” (Laugh) In those youth tournaments, during our high school years, he was there Much Hassle. I think it was hard for us to be so alike, doing the same thing, going down the same path and finding that, as sisters, we were constantly being compared to each other by people on the outside. Now I think we can see a lot better and the amazing thing is that we are playing professional football and trying to form the national team. We really enjoy how amazing and unique it is. I also think that, as we have matured, we understand each other a lot better and become more patient with each other. I definitely feel that Kristi is my best friend and understands me better than anyone else.
It might not compare to the World Cup Final, but that match is against Colombia in January – When I got a triple and Christie came to score, too – It has to be there with the most special experiences I have had.
It was surreal. I had swapped by the time Christie was coming, and when I scored, I remember being wondering, “What are our parents thinking about now?” I asked them later and my mom said she was crying because she was so proud and happy. But I also know I can speak for Christie and myself when I say we want more. We’ll remember that night very fondly, but we both want to create the Olympic team and win a gold medal, and I’d love it if we could do it together.
How big is a goal for you personally at the Olympics, especially after you just missed the last time?
One of the chips was on my shoulder, so it’s big. I was very close to forming Team Rio, and I totally understood why I didn’t, but it definitely gave me some extra motivation to play my league in Tokyo. The Olympic Games is something I’ve dreamed of all my life.
You mentioned how close you were in 2016, after missing out on the 2015 World Cup squad as well. What changed in the years since Rio to turn you from a fringe player to your first choice at France 2019?
First of all, I grew up a little bit. I had just dropped out of college around the time of the 2015 World Cup, and looking back, I wasn’t as good a professional as I could have been. I definitely wasn’t doing everything I could, all the time, to become the player I wanted to be. You have learned this lesson. But I have to say that I owe a lot to the coaches and coaches who have worked with me during those years. My time in [North Carolina] Courage stands out with Paul Riley because I learned so much. I also started off-season training with a guy named Walter Norton, and he didn’t give me credit for doing “nearly enough”. When I was a substitute in the Olympics, he just said, “This isn’t a great story. Let’s have a great story. The way we went about doing it was successful.” really Hard working, and I’ve discovered there’s a whole new level that I can reach by doing this.
Given that you are a humble person and perhaps not have the unwavering self-esteem that comes naturally to some of your teammates, do you also need to take a mental step to get a little harsher if that’s the right word?
There is definitely a transition in the national team where you need to go from just being happy to being called up to a space that kind of demands yourself. This is one of the most difficult jumps any player can take, and I find I still have the mentality of “I hope I get called to the next camp.” People might laugh about it, but in a USWNT environment it feels like an ongoing experience, and there’s always someone out there who does a better job than you. But it is certain that when you are part of the team, there is bound to be a shift in thinking, “I belong here and I deserve to be here.” This is a transformation that I have experienced over the past few years.
But even now, having been so important in the France 2019 team and picking up the best player of the year award by a large margin, are you still worried about being called to the next camp?
Yeah. I mean, I definitely feel more confident saying “I belong here” these days. But even that comes and goes somewhat. On this team, there’s always a fire underneath that tells me, ‘Me need to To keep working and improving because I stop getting better the second time, and one of them will overtake me.
Moving to Manchester City, you have obviously adapted well on the field. But has stability become more difficult due to the COVID lockdown, restrictions on your movements, and your ability to communicate with your teammates?
I was lucky enough to have my husband and our dog here in the fall, and having a small piece of home with me really helped me settle in well and feel happy and comfortable. Presence of Rose [Lavelle] Here with me and now Abby [Dahlkemper] Also, it was also a great help. It’s just a little bit of a rest around the team, where you feel safe to be yourself and know that at least someone will get what you talk about! (Laugh) As for COVID restrictions, if there is one positive it is that it has allowed us to focus more on football and everything related to it. There is no rush to leave the facility in Man City and there is nothing else to do, so you can take your time and do everything that can help you in terms of training and recovery. This is the big positive thing that I took from it.
I mentioned Rose and Abbie. They are not just teammates in the national team. They are two of your closest friends, right?
Certainly. They are two of my best friends in the world and I’m so excited that we’re all here together, going through the same experience at the same time. I mean, Rose and I won the FA Cup Final together at Wembley – something we’ll always remember. We hope there will be more wonderful experiences coming for the three of us.
Do you think your experiences in England improve you as a player?
I hope that. I thought coming here was a great opportunity to develop my game, and the whole experience – playing in English football and the Champions League – was very satisfying. One of the coolest parts is that there are so many competitions: you go from a league match to the FA Cup to the Champions League. It’s great if you have such variety and so many trophies to play for.
Finally, I want to ask you about your title “Tower of Power”. Are you a fan, and is it true that Abbey Dalkimber is to blame for giving it to you?
Abby was there when it happened, but the name actually came from an anchor in Courage. Unless Abby gave him the idea! (Laugh) We were getting Championship Rings, and as announced to me, the name was withdrawn from nowhere: “Tower of Power … Sam Moyes!” We all looked at each other and laughed. It was so funny, and with a good nickname, stuck. I love it too. She definitely adopted him now!
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