Rose Lavelle

Rosemary Kathleen Lavelle (born May 14, 1995) is an American professional soccer player for the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. She started six games for the United States at the 2019 France World Cup, scored three goals, and was awarded the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Women's World Cup awards. The same year, she was named the sixth best player in the world at the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 and was one of three midfielders named to the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

Rose Lavelle
Lavelle with United States, 2017
Personal information
Full name Rosemary Kathleen Lavelle[1]
Date of birth (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995
Place of birth Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Washington Spirit
Number 10
Youth career
Sycamore United
Cincinnati United
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Wisconsin Badgers 84 (22)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Dayton Dutch Lions
2015 Seattle Sounders
2016 Dayton Dutch Lions
2017 Boston Breakers 10 (2)
2018– Washington Spirit 17 (1)
National team
2013 United States U-18
2013–2014 United States U-20
2015–2016 United States U-23
2017– United States 38 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 28, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 10, 2019

Lavelle represented the United States at multiple youth levels before making her senior international debut in 2017. After finishing her collegiate career with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2016, Lavelle began her professional career with Boston Breakers before moving to Washington Spirit a year later.

Early life

Lavelle was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to parents Marty and Janet, and was raised with three siblings, John, Nora and Mary.[2] She played competitive soccer in her hometown of Cincinnati, initially with the Lakota United Soccer Club and later with the Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club.[3] As part of a third-grade book report, Lavelle chose to write about professional soccer star, Mia Hamm.[4] While attending Mount Notre Dame High School in Ohio, she played on the girl's varsity soccer team all four years. She played as a Badger at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was added to the roster for the United States Women's National Soccer Team in 2015.[5]

A four-year varsity girl's soccer player at Mount Notre Dame High School, Lavelle was named Cincinnati's Player of the Year by The Cincinnati Enquirer her senior year. The same year, she scored 15 goals (38 points) for her team. Lavelle finished her high school career as the team's leading scorer with 57 goals. She was twice-named NSCAA All-Region as a junior and senior and received first-team all-state honors. She was awarded the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Sports Women of the Year award in 2013.[2]

Lavelle played club soccer for Cincinnati United Premier team starting on the U-14 premier league for five years until attending college.[3]

Wisconsin Badgers, 2013–2016

Accepted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2013, Lavelle was a starting player in her first 19 matches in the Big Ten Conference. She was named Freshman of the Year, led the team with 73 shots, and her six goals ranked second on the team.[6] As a junior, she was named first-team All-American by NSCAA. The last time a Wisconsin Badger achieved this was in 1991.[2]

Club career

Summer Leagues, 2014–2016

Lavelle played with the Dayton Dutch Lions in the USL W-League during the 2014 season.[7] During her college break in the summer of 2015, Lavelle played for the Seattle Sounders Women of the W-League, where she was named all-league.[8][9] After the W-League folded she returned to the Lions for the 2016 Women's Premier Soccer League season.[10]

Boston Breakers, 2017

On January 12, 2017, Lavelle was selected as the number one overall draft pick at the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers.[11] Lavelle started her professional career well, scoring two goals in eight games and was named Player of the Month for April.[12] However, after suffering a hamstring injury in June while on international duty, Lavelle would miss over two months and finished the season with only ten appearances with the team.[13] The Breakers then folded before the start of the 2018 season.[14]

Washington Spirit, 2018–present

A dispersal draft was held by the NWSL to distribute Breakers players across the league. Lavelle was the first overall pick by Washington Spirit, who acquired the first pick through a trade with Sky Blue FC.[15] Due to injury and international duty Lavelle only appeared in eleven games for the Spirit in 2018.[16]

Club summary

As of September 28, 2019
Club Season League Total Ref.
Division Regular Season Play-offs
Dayton Dutch Lions 2014 USL W-League ????
Seattle Sounders Women 2015 ????
Dayton Dutch Lions 2016 Women's Premier Soccer League ????
Boston Breakers 2017 National Women's Soccer League 102102[17]
Washington Spirit 2018 National Women's Soccer League 110110[18]
2019 6161[19]
Career total27300273

International career

Lavelle represented the United States at multiple youth levels. On November 24, 2015, Lavelle was called to train with the United States women's national soccer team.[2] One of eight players who joined the team's Victory Tour following the 2015 Women's World Cup, she earned her first senior international cap on March 4, 2017, during a match against England at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.[20] She was named Player of the Match following the team's 1–0 loss.[21]

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, France

In September 2018, Lavelle was named to the national team roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[22] She appeared in all five games for the U.S. and scored three goals. Her final goal of the tournament was scored in the second minute of the championship game against Canada, helping the U.S to a 2–0 victory, and their second straight CONCACAF Championship.[23]

Lavelle started six games for the U.S. at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, scored three goals, and was awarded the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Women's World Cup awards as the third best player in the tournament.[24][25][26] During the team's first group stage match against Thailand, Lavelle scored a brace helping the U.S. win 13-0. During the U.S. knockout round match against Spain, she drew a penalty kick that was converted by Megan Rapinoe to seal the team's 2-1 win and advance to the quarterfinals.[27] Lavelle scored the U.S.' second goal in the final against the Netherlands helping the team win 2-0.[28]

Lavelle was named one of the world's top 11 players by the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019[29] (finishing sixth), and was chosen as one of the world's top three midfielders by her professional peers in the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World XI.[30]

Player statistics

World Cup appearances

Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Result Competition
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2019-06-11[31] Reims, France  Thailand Start; off 57' (on Lloyd) 13–0 W Group stage
2019-06-20[32] Le Havre, France  Sweden Start; off 63' (on Press) 2–0 W Group stage
2019-06-24[33] Reims, France  Spain Start; off 89' (on Horan) 2–1 W Round of 16
2019-06-28[34] Paris, France  France Start; off 63' (on Horan) 2–1 W Quarter-final
2019-07-02[35] Décines-Charpieu, France  England Start; off 65' (on Mewis) 2–1 W Semi-final
2019-07-07[36]  Netherlands Start 2–0 W Final

International goals

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Location Opponent Cap Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
2017-04-09[37] Houston, Texas  Russia 4 Start 37' Mallory Pugh

5250.00005 2–0

5550.01005 5–1

2017-06-08[38] Gothenburg, Sweden  Sweden 5 Start 56' Crystal Dunn

5150.00005 1–0

5150.00005 1–0

2018-08-02[39] Chicago, Illinois  Brazil 11 Start 33' Lindsey Horan

5150.01005 1–1

5450.01005 4–1

Tournament of Nations
2018-10-10[40] Cary, North Carolina  Trinidad and Tobago 16 Start 41' Tobin Heath

5150.01005 2–0

5450.01005 7–0

CONCACAF Championship: Group A
43' unassisted

5350.01005 3–0

2018-10-17[41] Frisco, Texas  Canada 18 Start 2' unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.01005 2–0

CONCACAF Championship: Final
2019-05-16[42] St. Louis, Missouri  New Zealand 26 Start 40' Lindsey Horan

5250.00005 2–0

5550.01005 5–0

2019-06-11[31] Reims, France  Thailand 27 Start 20' Alex Morgan

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 13–0

World Cup: Group F
56' Sam Mewis

5350.03005 7–0

2019-07-07[36] Lyon, France  Netherlands 33 Start 69' Sam Mewis

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 2–0

World Cup: Final

Honors and awards


  • Hermann Trophy semi-finalist (2015)
  • Big Ten Midfielder of the Year (2015, 2016)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2013)
  • U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalist (2014)
  • 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Golden Ball
  • First Team All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 2016 NCAA Senior Class Award Finalist (2016)
  • All-Big Ten Freshman Team (2013)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (9/17/13)
  • Soccer America Preseason All-America Team (2014)
  • NSCAA First Team All-American (2015)
  • NSCAA Second Team All-American (2014, 2016)
  • NSCAA All-Great Lakes First Team (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • NSCAA All-Great Lakes Third Team (2013)


  • National Women's Soccer League Player of the Month (April 2017)



See also


  1. "List of Players – 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). FIFA. June 16, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. "2016 Women's Soccer Roster". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. "Rose Lavelle". United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  4. Allen, Scott (July 9, 2019). "In 2003, an 8-year-old Rose Lavelle dressed as Mia Hamm for a third-grade book project". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. "Rose Lavelle Named as Nominee for US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year". Cincinnati United. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  6. "Rose Lavelle". United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  7. "2014 Lady Lions". Dayton Dutch Lions.
  8. "Sounders Women add Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle". May 12, 2015.
  9. "W-LEAGUE 2015 ALL-LEAGUE TEAM". July 22, 2015. Archived from the original on July 23, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  10. Juniewicz, Debbie (June 2, 2016). "Rose LaVelle kicking it with Dutch Lions, U.S. National Team". Dayton Daily News.
  11. "Wisconsin's Rose Lavelle No. 1 overall pick in NWSL draft". Fox Sports. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  12. "Boston Breakers midfielder Rose Lavelle was voted the National Women's Soccer League Player of the Month for the month of April of the 2017 NWSL season". May 4, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  13. "Boston midfielder Rose Lavelle to miss four to six weeks". Nick Forrester. June 14, 2017. Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  14. Goldberg, Jamie (January 25, 2018). "Boston Breakers will fold ahead of 2018 NWSL season". The Oregonian.
  15. "Washington Spirit selects USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle with top overall pick in NWSL Dispersal Draft". January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  16. "Rose Lavelle". Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  17. "Rose Lavelle #10 Stats, Videos, News & More – 2017 Season". NWSL Soccer.
  18. "Rose Lavelle #10 Stats, Videos, News & More – 2018 Season". NWSL Soccer.
  19. "Rose Lavelle #10 Stats, Videos, News & More – 2019 Season". NWSL Soccer.
  20. Turer, Adam; Laughman, Melanie. "U.S. women's soccer team calls up CUP, MND grad Lavelle". Cincinnati. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  21. "A Sweet Debut for Rose Lavelle". United States Soccer Federation (USSF). March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  22. "U.S. WNT ROSTER NAMED FOR 2018 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP". September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  23. "Lavelle and Morgan lift the United States over Canada for the 2018 CWC title". October 18, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  24. Goff, Steven. "USWNT's Rose Lavelle is back from World Cup but will not play for Washington Spirit this weekend". Washington Post. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
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  26. "Young Rose Lavelle has been a revelation for U.S. soccer's World Cup run". The Seattle Times. July 5, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
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  28. Clark, Dave. "Rose Lavelle scores goal for USWNT in FIFA Women's World Cup final, earns Bronze Ball". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  29. Brennan, Patrick. "Rose Lavelle voted one of the 11 best players in the world at FIFA awards show". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  30. "Rose Lavelle named to FIFPRO Best 11". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  31. "USA Surges to World Cup Record 13-0 Win in Opening Match Against Thailand". U.S. Soccer. June 11, 2019.
  32. "USA Tops Women's World Cup Group F With 2-0 Win Against Sweden". U.S. Soccer. June 20, 2019.
  33. "USA Advances to 2019 World Cup Quarterfinals With 2-1 Triumph vs. Spain". U.S. Soccer. June 24, 2019.
  34. "Megan Rapinoe Scores Twice as USA Defeats France 2-1 to Reach 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Semifinals". U.S. Soccer. June 28, 2019.
  35. "USA Earns Record Fifth Berth to a Women's World Cup Final With 2-1 Win Against England in Semifinal". U.S. Soccer. July 2, 2019.
  36. "USA Wins Back-to-Back Women's World Cup Titles With 2-0 Triumph Against the Netherlands". U.S. Soccer. July 7, 2019.
  37. "USA Wins 5–1 in Houston to Close Two-Game Set vs. Russia". United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
  38. "Lavelle's Second Half Strike Hands USA Cathartic 1–0 Win vs. Sweden in Gothenburg". United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
  39. "USA Bears Brazil, 4–1, to Claim First Tournament of Nations Title". United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
  40. "WNT Tops Group A After 7–0 Win vs Trinidad and Tobago at 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship". United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
  41. "USA Clains 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship With 2–0 Defeat of Regional Rival Canada". United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
  42. "USA Defeats New Zealand 5–0 in Front of 35,761 Fans in Second Game of Send-off Series". United States Soccer Federation (USSF). May 16, 2019.
  43. "Sensational Rapinoe showered with gold". FIFA. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  44. "IFFHS AWARDS 2019 – THE IFFHS WOMEN WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR 2019". IFFHS. November 30, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.

Further reading

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Schultz, Jaime (2014), Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women's Sport, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0252095960
  • Stay, Shane (2019), The Women's World Cup 2019 Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Soccer World Cup, Books on Demand, ISBN 1782551921
  • Theivam, Keiran and Jeff Kassouf (2019), The Making of the Women's World Cup: Defining stories from a sport’s coming of age, Little, ISBN 1472143310
  • Walters, Meg (2019), World Cup Women: Megan, Alex, and the Team USA Soccer Champs, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 1510756302
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