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US Women’s soccer stars hope they inspire girls to ‘believe in themselves’

The U.S. Women’s National Team is just days away from heading to France for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, a tournament they hope will inspire young girls.

“I just want girls to feel like they can believe in themselves and like they have a path to success,” Alex Morgan said “Friday on “Good Morning America.” “Whether they want to become a professional soccer player or not, I think that they can draw inspiration from us this summer on that.”

Team USA is fighting to win a second consecutive World Cup title at the tournament, which starts June 7 in France.

Which player on the U.S. roster is as inspiring as she is talented?  

Miki Turner’s latest podcast features interview with Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey

Miki Turner is a contributor to The Athletic Soccer and an attorney practicing in Washington State. He writes about sports and the law and is a Seattle Sounders season-ticket holder. He also is a regular contributor to Sounder at Heart and also hosts the Socceresq podcast, which recently made its Sounder at Heart podcast network debut. In the newest episode, Miki sits down with Seattle Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey (right) for an in-depth conversation.

“We talk about Garth’s post-MLS career, surviving law school and the bar exam, and his transition from corporate lawyer to MLS executive,” says Miki. “We also discuss his early time at Real Salt Lake, why he decided to join the Sounders organization, and his role in transforming the Sounders’ youth academy and second team.”

It’s an interesting interview and can be heard RIGHT HERE

What do you think of the job Lagerwey has done with the Sounders?

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: 10 Players to Watch

Samantha Mewis
Midfielder (Scorpions SC)

Samantha Mewis quickly and successfully moved up the U.S. ladder until she reached the top rung on March 7, 2014 in her first CAP against Sweden. A long-time contributor to the U.S. Youth National Teams, she played in one Under-17 and two Under-20 Women’s World Cups for the USA, including the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan which the USA won. Mewis was anything but a lock to make the 2019 World Cup team and Coach Ellis spent some time looking at other players for the center mid spot. Mewis (North Carolina Courage) started against both Brazil and Belgium but more than likely will be more of a sub in France. Either way, she’s a solid contributor with 48 CAPS. She had her best year in 2017 for the WNT, emerging as a key factor in the midfield and was one of just two players to start all 16 matches. She played 1,242 minutes, which was second-most on the team. The native of Hanson, Mass., Mewis played from U-7 through U-19 with the Scorpions SC. Won State Cup in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012, and earned regional titles in 2006, 2008 and 2012.


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