If you tune in to the Olympics to see the U.S. women’s soccer team – the favorite for gold at the Tokyo Games – you may find that two players have the same last name on their shirts.
The Mewis sisters, Sam and Kristie, have been playing soccer together since childhood and now they are together at the Olympics, ready to play their first game on July 21st.
Despite appearing on the same team for the US at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, this is the first time sisters have been on a senior team list for the US. Both are midfielders.
Here they are “proud and sweaty,” as Sam put it on Facebook:
Sam, 28, and Kristie, 30, grew up in Hanson, Massachusetts, where they were trained in youth football by their father, Bob. Mom Melissa played basketball and ran a college career. The sisters also played basketball and ran, but soccer was their real talent and passion.
In an interview with Bob and Melissa Mewis, the parents told the Wall Street Journal that the girls grew up competing but became close after high school. However, now they seem inseparable despite playing for professional soccer teams in different cities.
You can see how close they are to banter in this video from US Soccer where they are asked about the other Dunkin’s coffee orders, their Boston accents, and their facetiming … oh, and Sam’s nickname “Tower of Power”.
The US women’s soccer team tweeted a post for every woman on the roster, including the Mewis sisters – also known as “Mewies” – and their different personalities are easy to spot. Kristie is cool and collected, while Sam really looks like a Tower of Power.
Whether you call them Tower of Power or Sammy Bananas, you can DEFINITELY refer to @sammymewy as Olympian #OneNationOneTeam #RoadToTokyo pic.twitter.com/KCxbZgCL6c
– US soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 23, 2021
The sisters seem to be enjoying themselves before their first game in Japan. Sam posted photos of her experience as an Olympian on Facebook.
Here they enjoy the local cuisine – try these sushi plates!
Team USA will face Sweden in the first round of women’s soccer matches on July 21. (The US men’s soccer team did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.) We’ll see!