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Rose Lavelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin (84 games, 22 goals) and played two seasons for Dayton Dutch Lions FC (2014 and 2016). After she graduated she was the number one in the NWSL College Draft and signed a professional contract with Boston Breakers where she played 10 games scoring 2 goals. From 2018-20 she played for. Washington Spirit where she played 17 games scoring 1 goal. In 2020 she signed with Manchester City where she played 16 games scoring 1 goal. In May 2021 she returned to the MLS and signed with OL Reign where she played 32 games scoring 6 goals between 2021-23. In January 2024 she signed a 3 year contract with NY/NJ Gotham.

On March 4, 2017 she was called up for the USNWT and played her first game vs England. In September 2018, she was named to the national team roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She appeared in all five games for the U.S. and scored three goals. Her final goal of the tournament was scored in the second minute of the championship game against Canada, helping the U.S to a 2–0 victory, and their second straight CONCACAF Championship. She started six games for the U.S. at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, scored three goals, and was awarded the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Women’s World Cup awards as the third best player in the tournament. During the team’s first group stage match against Thailand, she scored a brace helping the U.S. win 13–0. During the U.S. knockout round match against Spain, she drew a penalty kick that was converted by Megan Rapinoe to seal the team’s 2–1 win and advance to the quarterfinals. She scored the U.S.’ second goal in the final against the Netherlands helping the team win 2–0. She was named one of the world’s top 11 players by The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 (finishing sixth), and was chosen as one of the world’s top three midfielders by her professional peers in the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World XI.