Breakers teammates Rose Lavelle, Rosie White become opponents in USWNT vs. New Zealand series

(Sept. 15, 2017) – The Boston Breakers will be represented on both sides of the field in the upcoming international friendly series between the U.S. Women’s National Team and New Zealand.

Midfielder Rosie White, 24, is one of the current leaders in appearances for the Football Ferns. Debuting on June 10, 2009, against China, White has 88 caps and 17 goals for her country. She has appeared in two FIFA Women’s World Cups on the senior level (2011 in Germany and 2015 in Canada) and two Olympic Games (2014 in London and 2016 in Brazil).

White also played in the 2008 U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup and both the 2008 and 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups. In college, White starred at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the NCAA National Championship in 2013. At UCLA, White scored 17 goals and tallied 12 assists in 83 games.

Representing the stars and stripes is 22-year-old midfielder Rose Lavelle. Capped six times for the U.S., Lavelle made her senior team debut on March 14, 2017, against England. She has two goals and one assist for her country and has started all six games she’s appeared in.

On the collegiate level, Lavelle was a NSCAA All-American at Wisconsin, scoring 22 goals and adding 24 assists in 84 career games with the Badgers. She was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013 and the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year in 2015.

The U.S. and New Zealand play Friday in at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver Friday night (10 p.m. ET) and at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Sept. 19 (7:30 p.m. ET). You can watch Friday’s game on ESPN2 and Tuesday’s match on FOX Sports 1.

The U.S. is 12-1-1 against New Zealand in the overall series. New Zealand won the first-ever match between the two teams (1-0 on Dec. 15, 1987). The lone draw (1-1) came on Oct. 30, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. White came on as a sub in the 79th minute of that match. New Zealand equalized eight minutes later.

Football Ferns squad for the tour of the USA (Club – NZ unless noted, caps and goals)


Victoria Esson (North Shore United) 0, 0

Anna Leat (Glenfield Rovers) 2, 0

Erin Nayler (Girondins Bordeaux, France) 48, 0


Elizabeth Anton (Western Springs) 0, 0

CJ Bott (USV Jena, Germany) 5, 0

Anna Green (Reading, England) 64, 7

Meikayla Moore (Norwest United) 20, 0

Ria Percival (FC Basel, Switzerland) 124, 11

Ali Riley (FC Rosengard, Sweden) (c) 109, 1

Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign, USA) 57, 4


Annalie Longo (Cashmere Technical) 99, 9

Betsy Hassett (KR Reykjavik, Iceland) 99, 8

Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City, USA) 45, 1

Olivia Chance (Everton, England) 4, 0

Daisy Cleverley (Berkeley University, USA) 5, 2

Malia Steinmetz (Forrest Hill Milford United) 0, 0

Kirsty Yallop (Klepp IL, Norway) 102, 12


Jane Barnett (Norwest United) 0, 0

Aimee Phillips (Eastern Suburbs) 4, 1

Martine Puketapu (Colorado University, USA) 0, 0

Katie Rood (Juventus, Italy) 0, 0

Rosie White (Boston Breakers, USA) 88, 17

Hannah Wilkinson (Vittsjo GIK, Sweden) 81, 24 

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 18/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 13/0) 

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 7/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 51/9), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 99/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 129/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 13/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 3/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 67/6), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 131/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 37/3), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers; 6/2), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 30/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 28/5), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 123/33)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 54/22), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 128/74), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 90/43), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 26/5), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 10/2)

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