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Fuel Soccer Talk: Samantha Mewis talks Club Soccer; Pulisic scores again for the Blues; Video for the goalies

Mewis says club soccer helped prepare her for bigger and better things

Samantha Mewis has been a winner everywhere she has stepped on the pitch. A UCLA alum, she helped bring home the 2013 national championship her junior year. She helped lead the Western New York Flash to a league title 2016 and was a key player on the North Carolina Courage during their 2017 and 2018 NWSL championship runs.

In May 2019, Mewis was named to the final 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and played in six of the seven matches, including the 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.

Mewis spent her club years playing for the Scorpions SC and they had a tremendous amount of success. She played from U-7 through U-19 with the Scorpions who won the State Cup in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012. They also earned regional titles in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

“We did great,” she said. “We made it to the national finals once but I wasn’t there because I was playing for the U-17 National Team at the time. But it was a great club and we played really good soccer and made some lifelong friends. Many of the players went on to play Division 1 soccer in college. It was just a great group of people and I attribute a lot of my success to playing with the Scorpions.”

Mewis said that club helped prepare her for playing soccer at the next level as well as for many of life’s off-field experiences. “Having that experience of travelling for games and staying at hotels and eating on the road and living with your teammates was super valuable not only for my time in college but for my time with the National Team and professional level,” she said. “Having that experience when you are young and seeing other parts of the country was super important.”

Christian Pulisic update: American scores again for Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic played 82 minutes this past weekend and scored in the 55th in 2-1 victory at Watford. The American went from struggling to get on the pitch to scoring every time he steps on it. Chelsea has now won five consecutive Premier League games while also playing well in the Champions League where the Blues are in first place in their UCL group and are top four in the Premier League, just two points off the top.

Pulisic has four goals in his last two Premier League games. He has been a constant threat of creativity and has played himself into a consistent starting role moving forward, much to the delight of U.S. men’s national team fans.

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