Less than a week after the landing of French national team striker Eugene Le Somer, OL Reign is going to add another star to its talent list.
US women’s national team midfielder Rose Lovell will join the Kingdom immediately as a US-provided player and will be ready to train from May 26. Lavell is expected to make his Kingdom debut on May 30 against Washington Spirit.
“We believe that Rose has the potential to become the best player in the world. “He is an extraordinary talent who fits in perfectly with our long-term vision for the team,” OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore said in a team statement on Monday. “Ever since the trade became possible last year, we have focused on finding a way to bring him to the club. “We are delighted to have added him to the team. We believe he can play a key role in our efforts to fight for the title this season.”
Lavelle, 26, joins the Kingdom from Manchester City in the Women’s Super League. Lavelle moved from Washington Spirit to Manchester City in August 2020, before OL Reign acquired its NWSL rights from Washington.
“I just wanted to say how excited I am for this next chapter of my career on this team,” Lovell said in a statement Monday. “I’m really looking forward to getting to Tacoma, to being there for the part they are building. I think there will be such a fun and exciting season ahead. I look forward to sharing that with OL Reign. ”
Lavelle was drafted by the Boston Breakers’ 2017 NWSL Best Player of the Year, and spent the next three seasons with Washington Spirit before moving to Manchester City. Lavelle was named 2019 NWSL Best XI և 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup – Best XI.
Internationally, Lavelle has been a member of the US Women’s National Team since making her debut in 2017. He was a key part of the USWNT 2019 World Cup in Gold, starting six games, scoring three goals, including one in the final against the Netherlands. He won the 2018 Nations Cup. In the tournament, CONCACAF women 2018 In the Women’s World Cup 2019 In the Cup, 2020 And in 2021 SheBelieves Cups և 2020 In the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics. In total, Lovell has made 53 appearances for the United States, scoring 14 goals and assisting eight.
Lovell joins the talent list, which already includes USWNT star Megan Rapino. On Saturday, Bold opened the 2021 NWSL season with an unbeaten draw against North Carolina. The Reign’s next meeting with the Portland Thorns on Sunday, May 23rd.