USWNT best friends Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams give an up-close look at life as international soccer superstars on their new podcast
- USWNT stars Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams are co-hosting a new podcast called "Snacks."
- The podcast aims to give a candid look into the lives of international soccer stars.
- Williams said the duo plans to dish about "not just soccer, but off-the-field stuff."
US Women's National Team superstars Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams want to give fans a chance to know them as people - not just as world-class soccer players.
The former roommates have teamed up to co-host a new podcast called "Snacks," in which they'll discuss everything that best friends do: life happenings, current events, inside jokes, and work - even if work is playing for the most dominant soccer team on the planet.
"Even though we are trying to be the best of the best in our sport, we are still humans at our core, and we still face the same struggles as every other human being on this planet," Williams told Insider. "And I think it's refreshing to hear that perspective."
The official description of Mewis and Williams' podcast, which is produced by Just Women's Sports, says it will "give fans a candid look into the lives of two athletes in the prime of their careers."
In the two episodes out so far, the conversation has ranged from lighthearted - as if "we're just hanging out and goofing around," as Mewis describes it - to more serious. The pair devoted a significant portion of both episodes to a discussion of the May 2020 death of George Floyd and the ways in which it altered the landscape of US race relations and, by extension, American professional sports.
Mewis reflected on "how much I had benefited from being white." And Williams, who is Black, stressed the importance of exercising patience with people who may not express themselves eloquently but "are trying to correct themselves or trying to learn."
"We come from two different completely backgrounds," Williams said. "And in today's climate, I think this is something people need to see and hear."
'We're not afraid to be vulnerable'
Mewis said she and Williams plan to talk regularly "about some of our more real concerns and some of the things that are actually going on in the world."
But they plan to keep it fun, too. The pair's close friendship is already apparent in their banter.
"My relationship with Lynn came through pretty authentically, I think," Mewis said. "Lynn and I are best friends and were roommates."
In their on-air conversations so far, the midfielder-forward duo has touched on their differing time-management philosophies, the progression of their careers, and their snack preferences. They also detailed the relaxed approach they take to washing bed sheets and towels - which is questionable to say the least.
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"We're silly - we're not afraid to be vulnerable or put ourselves out there and tell you that sometimes we don't wash our sheets," Williams said. "It's just us having a conversation and people getting to know us as our full, authentic selves and seeing what makes us tick."
Mewis and Williams have been friends since college
Williams, who grew up in California, first met Mewis, a Massachusetts native, when they were college juniors. Both were invited to an under-23 USWNT camp in San Diego; Williams had a car, and Mewis needed a ride.
A star for UCLA at the time, Mewis asked Williams - who played at Pepperdine - if she and a couple other Bruins teammates could drive with her. Williams obliged.
In the podcast, Williams recalls that she mostly "sat in the car and listened to you three talk as I drove."
"Little did I know that would turn into this," she added.
Though they're most widely known for their roles on the national team, Mewis and Williams first joined forces in the National Women's Soccer League. The Western New York Flash selected them with the fourth and sixth overall picks, respectively, in the 2015 draft, and they quickly became stars.
After winning the 2016 NWSL championship, the Flash was sold to new owners, moved to Cary, North Carolina, and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. The team went on to win three straight shields (or regular-season titles) and back-to-back championships.
Mewis moved across the pond last year
In August 2020, Mewis signed on with FA Women's Super League powerhouse Manchester City. She's thrived on the pitch during her time in the UK, but recent reporting from Dan Lauletta suggests she may return stateside prior to the Tokyo Olympics.
If the "Tower of Power" does wind up back in North Carolina, the podcast partners would once again find themselves with the same club. That would bolster the Courage as they defend a title and a shield from the NWSL's most recent full-length season in 2019.
"We joke about it," Williams said before news of Mewis' potential return broke. "I'm always trying to recruit people back ... I think she's an amazing player - I loved playing with her, I loved living with her, I miss my friend - but at the end of the day we will always be friends, and she needs to do what's best for her."
For her part, Mewis told Insider that she's still "not sure what the near future holds," but added that "obviously I love playing with Lynn."
You can listen to the first episode of "Snacks" below:
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