Talented US starlet Mewis signs for United

Canberra United is pleased to announce the signing of USA under-23 international Kristen Mews

Canberra United is pleased to announce its intention to sign USA under-23 international Kristen Mewis as a replacement player for injured midfielder Sally Shipard for the remainder of the 2012/13 Westfield W-League season. Mewis, an attacking midfielder or forward, comes to the club highly recommended and is certain to add more fire-power to the champions as they aim for a place in the finals in defence of the title won in dramatic style last season.

The 21-year-old was a stand-out through the United States age-grade teams captaining her national side in the 2008 FIFA Women-s under-17 World Cup in New Zealand where she was awarded the Bronze Ball as the third best player at the tournament, scoring twice as the USA ended as runner-s-up. These goals were two of nine she notched in sixteen appearances at that level. Naturally Mewis- progression continued through the under-20 squad where she made 26 appearances and scored six goals.

At Club level Mewis started with Whitman-Hanson Regional High School before being drafted to Boston College Eagles where she has enjoyed a stellar Collegiate career highlighted by an outstanding 2012 campaign that culminated in sixteen goals and twelve assists, becoming only the second Boston player to score sixteen times in a season in the process.

Named Unites States Soccer Federation Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2008, Mewis has electric pace and holds the 300m and 600m indoor track records at her High School completing the 300m in just 42.2 seconds.

“We are delighted to be negotiating with Kristen to join Canberra United and are looking forward to seeing her in action,” Canberra United CEO Heather Reid commented. “She comes to us highly recommended and follows in the footsteps of Taryn Hemmings and Nikki Washington as quick, talented, forward thinking players that are game changers. With Nikki going back to the USA for family reasons and the unfortunate knee injury that has ended Sally Shipard-s season, we had a place available on the roster and are sure Kristen will make a big impression.”

Mewis arrived in Canberra on 1 January 2013 and should be available for United-s home match against Western Sydney Wanderers at McKellar Park on 5th January.


Name: Kristen Mewis Position: Midfielder/Forward Date of Birth: 25 February 1991 Place of Birth: Hanson, Massachusetts Previous Clubs: SC Scorpions, Whitman-Hanson Regional HS, Boston College Eagle Representative Honours: USA under-17, USA under-20, USA (National Training Camp) Notes: Bronze Ball Winner (2008 FIFA under-17 World Cup, New Zealand), CONCACAF Women-s Champions (2010, Guatemala)