July 17, 2014
• USA names FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup roster
MADISON, Wis. -- Add another accolade to the young and bright career of Wisconsin women's soccer sophomore Rose Lavelle, who was named Thursday to the U.S. Under-20 Women's National team for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, being held in Canada from Aug. 5-24.
Lavelle was one of 21 players called by head coach Michelle French to represent their country at this summer's tournament. The USA recently concluded its first week of a two-week evaluation camp being held in Seattle, Washington, which serves as the final domestic event for the U.S. team before it leaves for Canada in late July.
"The USA has a young but skillful and hard-working midfield for the tournament, led by Lavelle, a rising sophomore at Wisconsin who was the MVP of the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship last January in the Cayman Islands," U.S. Soccer said in its official release.
Earlier this year, Lavelle distinguished herself as one of the most promising full U.S. Women's National Team prospects by earning the Golden Ball for most valuable player of the 2014 CONCACAF Championships.
During the championships, Lavelle was instrumental in guiding Team USA to its fourth CONCACAF Women's U20 Championship crown and eventual spot in the 2014 U-20 World Cup. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native displayed much of the brilliance and talent she had showed during her rookie campaign with the Badgers last season, drawing praise from national team coaches and peers.
It wasn't long before head coach Paula Wilkins and the Badgers knew last season that they had a promising young player joining them. Lavelle became the first player in program history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and was also the first UW player to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors since Michelle Dalton in 2011.
One of two Badgers competing in this summer's tournament, teammate Kinley McNicoll was tabbed to not only represent her country, but also serve as team captain of the Canada U-20 Women's National Team.
All three of the USA's Group B games will be broadcast live across the ESPN platforms. The U.S. opens play on Aug. 5 against Germany at 6 p.m. CT (ESPNU and Watch ESPN), then faces Brazil on Aug. 8 at 9 p.m. (ESPNU and WatchESPN). Its first two matches scheduled for the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the U.S. will then finish group play Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium with kickoff set for 3 p.m. (ESPN2 and WatchESPN).