USWNT Members Rose Lavelle and Andi Sullivan visit GB Sports ComplexPosted: Updated:
World Cup Champion Rose Lavelle and new USWNT member Andi Sullivan were in town to run a soccer clinic at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.
The GBSC is no stranger to having soccer royalty in their facilities, past clinic hosts include Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux and Shannon Boxx.
With the over 200 participants in this years clinic, Lavelle had one goal in mind for all who came out and joined them for a weekend filled with soccer.
"I think that at this age, it's just kind of about having fun. I don't feel like you can be too hard on yourself, and I think that's why we're still playing is because we grew up just continuing to love the game and everything we did was because we enjoyed it. So I hope that that's what they're having today is, that they're just having a lot of fun and enjoying it and making the most of it." Says Lavelle.
Both Lavelle and Sullivan came up in their careers much like the participants, between endless tournaments and hours of practicing, they still wish that they had something as important as these clinics, as it gives the kids opportunities to play with their role models.
"I wish I had something like this growing up, and I would try to go to all of these day camps anytime that I could, and play pick-up every time I could. So I think to have this space and to be someone that the players can interact with and look up to is very cool, especially to be here for such a long period of time is, I think, unique to this camp." Says Sullivan
"I think that there's obviously a big responsibility to be a role model and hold ourselves to a good standard, but I also think that's just kind of who we are naturally. It's cool to see how much fun these girls are having and to be able to be apart of that." Says Lavelle
Lavelle was a member of the USWNT that won the FIFA Women's World Cup this past summer in France. She started in all six games and had three goals, including the deciding goal in the final game against the Netherlands, which made her the second youngest player, at 24, to score in a World Cup Final. After the tournament, Lavelle was named Breakout Star of the Year, and received the Bronze Ball for being recognized as the third best player in the entire tournament. Lavelle currently plays for the Washington Spirit in the National Womens Soccer League (NSWL).
Sullivan was left of the 2019 World Cup roster, but has recently made the team as they start their training in January for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Sullivan played at Stanford where she was a 4-year starter, earned PAC-12 Freshman of the Year in 2014, and won a national title in 2017. Sullivan has spent some time on the Senior National Team both during and after college, but has primarily been playing in the NSWL with the Washington Spirit, along side Lavelle.