SEATTLE, WA. – (club release) The United States Women’s National Team completed an undefeated run through the 2019 World Cup to claim their second consecutive Championship thanks in part to Sounders Women alum Rose Lavelle. Lavelle scored the final goal of the tournament in the 69th minute to secure the U.S. 2-0 win over the Netherlands and finish one of the most dominant tournament team performances in soccer history. To honor Lavelle’s performance, she was awarded the Bronze Ball signifying her as the third best player in the tournament.
Lavelle suited up for a 2015 Sounders Women team which posted a 10-1-1 record in the Western Conference of the now defunct W-League. She finished third in the league in assists on her way to being named to the All-Conference and All-League Teams. Her 2015 team was the first of four straight Conference Championships for the Seattle Sounders Women.
Prior to joining the Sounders Women Lavelle had already seen playing time with the U.S. U-18, U-20, and U-23 teams, and was in her third year at the University of Wisconsin. Following the folding of the W-League, Lavelle joined the Dayton Dutch Lions of the WPSL. After her final season at the University of Wisconsin, Lavelle was the number one overall draft pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, picked by the Boston Breakers.
She also made her first of 33 appearances for the USWNT that season. She has tallied 10 goals in those games including three during this year’s World Cup. In addition to her marker against the Netherlands, she also had two goals in the team’s 13-0 win over Thailand.
Lavelle played alongside former Sounders Women players Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in this year’s tournament. Rapinoe, the 2019 World Cup Gold Ball winner, and Morgan anchored the 2012 Sounders Women squad. Also, on that team were National Team players Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, and Stephanie Cox.
The Sounders Women are an important steppingstone for elite collegiate players who look to compete at the highest level while maintaining their college eligibility. The 2019 Sounders Women are set to face the San Diego Sealions in the WPSL Playoffs this Saturday July 13.