Rose Lavelle was the Bronze Ball winner at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
BOYD, Md. – Rose Lavelle’s NWSL rights now belong to OL Reign.
The Washington Spirit dealt the talented U.S. women’s national team midfielder for the Reign’s natural 2022 first-round National Women’s Soccer League draft choice and $100,000 in allocation money.
Additional allocation money is also conditional upon Lavelle’s future NWSL playing status.
That is because it might be a while before Reign gets an opportunity to use Lavalle as she is reportedly ready to sign with an overseas team.
As per the 2020 NWSL compensation guidelines, allocation money enables teams to invest funds in current or future players in excess of the current season’s team salary cap. It also would allow for a team to offer a player a salary in excess of the league’s maximum salary.
Lavelle, 25, was one of the major revelations for the USWNT at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, earning the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament.
“Rose truly is a world-class player, and working with her has been an incredibly enjoyable experience,” Spirit head coach Richie Burke said. “I can’t thank her enough for her work on behalf of our club and for the relationship we shared during our time together. I wish her the very best of luck and the good fortune to stay healthy as she moves into this next phase of her career.”
Added Spirit CEO Larry Best: “We wish Rose all the best and thank her for her service, time and professionalism in representing the Spirit organization over the last few years.”
Since joining the Spirit in January 2018 after the NWSL dispersal draft, Lavelle has made 17 regular-season appearances and four appearances in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup.
Lavelle has logged 874 regular-season minutes and 208 minutes in the Challenge Cup. She has scored two goals and recorded one assist. The Cincinnati-native also was named to the 2019 NWSL Best XI and 2020 Challenge Cup Best XI.