OFFICIAL: USWNT star Rose Lavelle heading to Manchester City
UPDATE: Manchester City announced the club’s official signing of Rose Lavelle on Tuesday, August 18.
U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Rose Lavelle is heading to England to play for Manchester City in the FA Women’s Super League, multiple sources have confirmed to SoccerWire.
Lavelle, 25, was officially traded within the NWSL on Sunday, from the Washington Spirit to OL Reign in exchange for a 2022 first round draft pick and more than $100,000 in allocation money. However, the trade took place with the understanding that Lavelle will be immediately opting to play outside the NWSL. OL Reign would retain her rights in the event that she returns to the U.S. league.
Pure art! 🎨 @roselavelle
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 18, 2020
According to SoccerWire’s sources, an official signing announcement from Manchester City is imminent, as Lavelle is expected to join fellow USWNT midfielder Samantha Mewis on the English club.
Lavelle is a regular fixture on the U.S. Women’s National Team since making her debut in 2017. She was a key part of the USWNT’s 2019 World Cup campaign, starting six matches and scoring three goals—including one in the final against the Netherlands—en route to winning the Bronze Ball. In total, Lavelle has scored 12 goals and added seven assists in 45 appearances for the national team.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native spent the last three seasons with the Washington Spirit, where she made 21 appearances across all competitions. Most recently, the 25-year-old helped the Spirit to the NWSL Challenge Cup quarterfinals, scoring a goal in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars on June 27.