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Name Rose Lavelle
Gender Female
Ethnic American
Job American Footballer
Desc Rose Lavelle watched the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Final in a pizza shop. Four years later, the diminutive and creative midfielder played - and scored - in the France 2019 decider and claimed the adidas Bronze Ball as the tournament’s third-best player


Org USA Women National Team
Club as Player Washington Spirit

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Rose Lavelle on team-mate and USA midfielder Andi Sullivan] I think of the best player as someone who is well rounded, and that’s Sunny. If there were ten replica Sunnys, it would be the best team in the world. She’s so versatile, but so good at each position that she plays. She’s just so composed on the ball, so smart

2018 08 04 Retrieve

[Rose Lavelle tells about her goal in the Stars and Stripes’ 4-1 win over Brazil in the Tournament of Nations] I probably shouldn’t say this, but I feel like usually I shank those way over the goal. I just wanted to make good contact, and thankfully, this time I did

2019 10 05 Retrieve

[Rose Lavelle talks about the significance of the 19ers] I was so obsessed with that team and Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, and I felt like they were such great role models for me and I wanted to be in their shoes one day so much. I feel it’s cool that it’s come full circle and now can serve as the same kind of role model to younger kids as they did to me. Hopefully I can inspire some kids to get to this place too

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Rose Lavelle reflects on the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019] Honestly, sometimes practice was way harder than any of the games because of the competitiveness. That’s what made us so successful

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[How USWNT ace Lavelle went from depths of despair to on top of the world] I expected when it was all over to be so emotional and crying from happiness and all that. and I was just kind of like, ‘We did it. Cool.’

[But that version of Lavelle was replaced with a timid, fragile player who was afraid to make mistakes – a death knell for any creative player] I came back and I was just awful. I wasn’t having fun and I wasn’t enjoying it. My whole life playing soccer I’ve never felt so uncomfortable on the ball. Before [the injury], it was just like everything was innate. It was natural and I just did what I saw and played what I felt like was on. Then, I came back from my injury and I felt like I was overthinking everything. For how physically hard it was to come back, it was 10 times harder mentally

There were a lot of ups and downs. But then, I think those ups and downs prepared me more for adversity and made me better

[Midway through the second half against England – a game in which she was at her free-flowing peak – Lavelle went down with an injury] I remember looking at [head coach] Jill [Ellis] and being like, ‘I need a sub now’. After that game, like two days before the World Cup final, I didn’t think I was going to be able to play at all. Especially with the history of my hamstring, it’s so unpredictable. I remember the practice two days before. I was just like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to [play] because I’m scared to sprint right now

[Then something inexplicable happened. With time quickly running out, Lavelle’s hamstring problem evaporated] I honestly have no idea what happened because my hamstring felt great. I have no clue. I have no explanation for it

You just have to constantly be on your A-game because you don’t want to say something that’s going to be misconstrued. [The team’s veterans] did that so well during the World Cup and made it so that everyone else didn’t have to worry about it. I remember going into press conferences and media stuff, I’d always be so scared of getting asked those questions but I don’t think I ever ended up getting asked a lot of those questions, because those got directed more towards the older players

[Though she was reluctant to play that role in France, Lavelle knows she could be called upon to be a more prominent voice in the coming years] I always think when I hear [the team’s veterans] speaking just how smart they are and how much they know. It makes me realize how much I still need to learn. Being in that position has made me realize that I need to hold myself accountable and make myself learn and know as much as possible, so that if I ever am in that same situation I can hold myself the same way that they do

During the World Cup, it was so stressful, so when the whistle blew we could finally just take a breath and enjoy the moment. In that moment, it was just our time to celebrate and be with each other. That was probably why I was just more like, ‘I can breathe again