A crucial figure for the United States national team since 2017, the midfielder makes the move to the Academy Stadium after four seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League, following another international teammate in Sam Mewis who joined the Club earlier this month.
Lavelle spoke about the signing-
“I’m so excited to join Manchester City and I can’t wait to play alongside some really talented players.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity of playing in England and competing in the Champions League.
“After talking with Gareth [Taylor] about the team and how he saw me fitting in, it seemed like a great environment that would really push and develop me as a player.
“At some point I always wanted to try playing overseas and experience different styles of play,” said Lavelle.
“The FA Women’s Super League continues to grow and get stronger every year and this was an exciting opportunity for me to take and join up with some great players.
“I was excited when I first discovered Sam (Mewis) was thinking about moving to City as well.
“I am a homebody and it is a big move for me coming to Manchester, so to have somebody who I consider to be one of my best friends going over as well makes everything much easier.”
“I’ve heard amazing things about the Club and it just felt like a really good fit overall. I want to challenge myself and feel that Manchester City is the perfect environment to do so and hopefully, I’ll find some success along the way.”
Gareth Taylor, the City manager spoke as well-
“We’re thrilled to have secured Rose’s services – with her impressive back catalogue, she is an incredibly exciting player and one we’re all looking forward to working with.
“Her endless accolades for both club and country are proof of what a talent she is and she’s exactly the kind of player we want here at City, with her ambitions and desire for success matching our own.
“I’m extremely excited to see her make her mark on the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season in what will hopefully be a successful campaign for Manchester City Women.”
The deal is a one year loan with a possible option for purchase next summer. The move is welcomed by all fans who as City embark in the new season will look to make the UWCL a priority. This should help with that.