After drawing rave reviews for her performance in her first cap earlier this month, Boston Breakers rookie midfielder Rose Lavelle (UW) is headed back into training camp with the U.S. women's national team.
The 21-year-old Lavelle was one of 24 players named to the camp roster by coach Jill Ellis, whose team will play host to Russia in a pair of friendlies in Texas – April 6 in Frisco (7:30 p.m., FS1) and April 9 in Houston (1 p.m., ESPN). Ellis will select 18-player game-day rosters for each game.
Lavelle was named Woman of the Match in her debut for the full national team, a 1-0 loss to England in a SheBelieves Cup match March 4 in Harrison, N.J. It's believed that she is the first former UW women's player to earn an international cap.
She also started and played the first half as the U.S. closed out the SheBelieves Cup with a 3-0 loss to France on March 7 in Washington, D.C.
The last-place finish in the four-team tournament dropped the U.S. out of the top spot in the FIFA Women's World Rankings for the first time since Feb. 28, 2015. The Americans fell to second place with Germany taking over the top spot; the U.S. has never been lower than No. 2 in the FIFA rankings, which started in 2003.
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