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Player Profile: Rose Lavelle

Updated: Aug 3

Rosemary Kathleen Lavelle was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 14th, 1995. Midfielder for the USWNT and the Washington Spirit, Lavelle is a University of Wisconsin alum. A former Badger, Lavelle’s skill and dexterity on the ball pushed her to the next level. In her junior year at Wisconsin, she earned her first call up to the senior National team. Continuing to break through, Lavelle was the number one pick overall in the 2017 NWSL College Draft and was selected by the now defunct Boston Breakers. Her tricks and techniques on the field were unlike any other, and her talents led her to the 2019 Women’s World Cup, a starting position on the Washington Spirit, and to a bright future on the USWNT.

With accolades galore, Lavelle has proven herself as one of the best players in the world, scoring the game-winning goal in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands. Lavelle has also proven to be a personable, smart, and funny individual, she frequently takes to Instagram, posting on the account she created for her English bulldog, Wilma @wilmajeanwrinkles. Lavelle, a young player also possesses creativity while also providing leadership to her Washington Spirit teammates, by setting the tone, but also by experimenting.

With 45 appearances for the USWNT, 7 assists, 12 goals, and a World Cup title under her belt at the age of 25, Lavelle’s future is exceedingly bright, as long as she can continue to stay healthy. Watch Lavelle and her fellow Spirit teammates take on the Houston Dash on Sunday, July 12th, at 12:30pm EST.

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