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Rose Lavelle will miss second USWNT friendly vs. Ireland with knock


Rose Lavelle will miss Tuesday’s friendly against Ireland for the U.S. women’s national team, coach Vlatko Andonovski announced Monday.

The 27-year-old midfielder picked up “a little knock” during Saturday’s 2-0 win, Andonovski said, though she played a full 90 minutes in the first of the two-match series. She will remain out of the lineup Tuesday as a precaution.

While Lavelle is “not very happy” with the decision, the team does not want to risk her aggravating the injury.

“This is not a game for us to take any chances,” Andonovski said.

Lavelle also missed two matches during the SheBelieves Cup in February with a knock she picked up in training. She returned for the third and final match of the round-robin tournament, contributing an assist in a 2-1 win against Brazil.

A rising star turned seasoned veteran, Lavelle was one of just six players who played at least 1,000 minutes for the USWNT in 2022. Another? Mallory Swanson, who tore the patella tendon in her left knee in Saturday’s match.

The 24-year-old forward, who Andonovski called “arguably one of the best players in the world,” had scored seven goals in five matches in 2023, including the finish on Lavelle’s assist against Brazil. While the USWNT did not provide a timeline for her recovery, she is likely to miss the World Cup this summer in Australia and New Zealand.

Alyssa Thompson met the USWNT in St. Louis to take Swanson’s place on the roster. The 18-year-old forward made her first appearance for the USWNT last October, and she is excelling in her first NWSL season for Angel City FC.