Breaking: USWNT star Rose Lavelle traded to OL Reign
Rose Lavelle has been traded from the Washington Spirit to OL Reign, an NWSL club in Washington State, partly owned by Olympique Lyonnais, a French soccer club. Lavelle, a twenty five year old out of the University of Wisconsin will move to OL Reign in exchange for “a first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL draft and $100,000 in allocation money with the understanding that Lavelle will be allowed to play outside of NWSL amid reports she is set to sign for Manchester City's women's team” according to ESPN. Sam Mewis, USWNT mainstay and North Carolina Courage star has signed with Man City in the off-season and Lavelle will join her on a one year contract.
Though sometimes unreliable due to injury, Lavelle is one of the most skillful and most talented players in the world will be sorely missed by Spirit fans. With a World cup win under her belt and 45 caps for the National team, Lavelle is a substantial addition to any team, providing artful play and experience. As the 1st overall pick in the 2017 NWSL draft, Lavelle was drafted by the Boston Breakers, a now defunct club. Following time in Boston, Lavelle was selected by the Spirit in the dispersal draft and has been a mainstay since then.
Mallory Pugh, fellow USWNT star was traded to Sky Blue FC in 2019, a significant hit to the organization despite her failure to produce under head coach Richie Burke. Besides Andi Sullivan, who has made appearances for the National team and continues to break onto the team, Lavelle was the sole remaining USWNT player. Now in the off-season, the Spirit will definitely look to rebuild their roster as Lavelle was an integral part of the squad.
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