Best Of 2022

Best Player to Make Us Love Soccer

Oh, Rose Lavelle, look at you now. The Mount Notre Dame High School alumna keeps racking up the kudos and extended her contract with OL Reign in February. The year 2022 is just starting, but 2021 was fire for Lavelle, who continues to prove that Cincinnati breeds winners. In September, Lavelle and the U.S. Women’s National Team demolished Paraguay in the first-ever U.S. Soccer match at TQL Stadium in the West End, with Lavelle scoring in just the fourth minute of the match. Cincinnati’s homegrown midfielder also helped the USWNT to a bronze medal during the Olympics last summer, scoring the team’s first goal of its annihilation of New Zealand. And earlier in 2021, Lavelle was named MVP during the winning match of the SheBelieves Cup. There’s a reason Lavelle’s mural at The Banks remains a must-see for soccer fans.