Rose Lavelle is so excited the USWNT will play in Cincinnati
The U.S. women's national soccer team announced in early July two home friendlies against New Zealand. The first was Friday's 3-1 U.S. win in Colorado and the second is slated for Tuesday in Cincinnati. No one was happier than U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle.
The 22-year-old rising star grew up in Cincinnati, and when she found out she would play in her hometown, she was happier than a kid on Christmas.
Lavelle told 700WLW Radio in Cincinnati in early July that she heard the news in June, when the national team played games against Sweden and Norway. She legitimately couldn't believe it at first.
The No. 1 pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft out of Wisconsin, Lavelle hasn't played at home since she was a student at Mount Notre Dame High School. As a kid, she also played for Cincinnati United Premier for five years.
She told the New York Times last week she had only six tickets to distribute between her mom, dad, three siblings, grandma, 11 aunts and uncles (on her mom's side), over 40 cousins and her bulldog Wilma. But she added that her family bought "a chunk of a section," so in addition to the game serving as her homecoming, it'll be a family reunion too.
The women's national team hasn't played in Cincinnati since 2008, and four years before that Lavelle was in the stands admiring Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy during the team's championship tour after its gold medal in the Athens Olympics. Lavelle told 700WLW Radio she was starstruck seeing them in person.
Perhaps the next Rose Lavelle will be in the stands watching her.