Best Of 2021

Best Soccer MVP: Rose Lavelle

Winning a World Cup just wasn’t enough for Rose Lavelle. And why should it be? Lavelle, a midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Cincinnati native, is clearly MVP material and literally won that honor in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup’s winning match. Lavelle helped her team to a tournament victory over all three days of play, scoring the winning goal against Canada and earning an assist against Argentina. With this victory, the USWNT — which also includes Lavelle’s 2019 World Cup colleague Megan Rapinoe — brings its SheBelieves titles to four. The team is the first back-to-back champion in the tournament’s six-year history and the first team to have three shutouts at the competition, according to U.S. Soccer. All the more reason to continue to celebrate her achievements with a selfie in front of the mural of Lavelle downtown at The Banks.