Sam Mewis celebrates a goal with Megan Rapinoe (left). (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

CARY, N.C. – The North Carolina Courage announced Monday that Sam Mewis is returning to the club as a U.S. allocated player for the National Women’s Soccer League season.

Mewis signed a two-year contract keeping her with the Courage through the 2023 campaign. The club used allocation money to complete the new contract.

The U.S. international has earned five major trophies with the Courage, won the Women’s World Cup with the U.S. women’s national team and has helped Manchester City dominate European women’s soccer.

The midfielder is expected to be available for North Carolina’s match on Friday, May 28 against Racing Louisville FC.

“I am so thankful and excited to have the opportunity to return to North Carolina after my time overseas,” Mewis said in a statement. “I feel like I am coming home to a team where I know I will be both embraced and challenged. Everyone at the Courage has been supportive of me and my journey over the past several months and I’m extremely grateful for the experience that I’ve had in Manchester. I cannot wait to play in front of the Courage fans again and to do my very best to help us win.”

In August 2020, Mewis inked a contract with ManCity following her performance in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. The Courage retained Mewis’ rights as she went overseas to compete in the FA Women’s Super League. She played in 17 matches, logging 1,147 minutes, scoring seven goals and assisting two more for. In the Women’s FA Cup final, Mewis scored the opening goal, becoming the third U.S. international in history to score in an FA Cup final and contributing to City’s 3-1 victory over Everton.

Mewis appeared in six Champions League matches, recording five goals over 396 minutes.

The 2020 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the year also made her mark with the Courage, appearing in 53 games, scoring 11 goals, and leading the Courage to two NWSL championships, three consecutive NWSL Shields and a Women’s ICC Championship title. She won a NWSL championship with the Western New York Flash before the team relocated to North Carolina. In 2017, Mewis was named to the NWSL Best XI and was a finalist for the NWSL Most Valuable Player Award. In the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, she recorded a goal and an assist to lift the Courage to four straight wins in the preliminary rounds and the number one seed going into knockout play.

“Sam has been one of the juggernauts that has driven our success at the club,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said in a statement. “She has matured into one of the most inspirational and talented players in the game. To have her back in Courage Country shows the club’s desire to remain at the top. With her ability to penetrate with the ball, her range of passing and her tactical acumen, she has the ability to control the tempo and completely influence games.

“Her presence in the locker room will be an emotional lift for the entire squad and, most importantly, Sam will bring out the best in other players. Our league has the parity and our club has the environment to bring out the best in Sam and continue her development into the most influential midfielder in the game. I’m excited to push and challenge Sam to reach new levels and give our club the boost required to attack the NWSL championship.”

Mewis has made 72 appearances for the USWNT, recording 21 goals and seven assists. As a pillar of the 2019 WWC World Cup roster, Mewis helped her United States side bring home the title for the fourth time with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final. Last year, Mewis appeared in eight matches for the states, scoring four goals.