United States full-back Midge Purce described her teammate Rose Lavelle, as the ‘game changer’ following The Stars and Stripes’ 1-0 win over Canada in their first match of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup in the early hours of this morning.
The win extended their unbeaten run to 35 matches in all competitions, and 51 matches on home soil. Lavelle, was one of three substitutes to come on just after the hour, which inspired a win for the hosts over competition newcomers Canada.
The Manchester City midfielder struck home from close range, as a dangerous free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the Canadian defence, claiming her 14th international goal for her country at senior level.
Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in the post-match press conference, Purce praised her teammate by saying “Rose was remarkable, her goal was beautiful and she was the game changer.
“Rose brings this creativity that’s so special, you can get lost from watching her.
“She stepped into the game, and did a picturesque job of what you would want from someone coming into the game.
“When she got the goal it gave us more confidence, let us take a breather and made everything else significantly easier.”
The game changed when Lavelle came on as part of a triple substitution, alongside Alex Morgan and Manchester United striker Christen Press.
United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski was pleased with the immediate response shown from his team, and was particularly pleased with Lavelle. Alongside Purce, he also went on to praise his midfielder in the post-match press conference.
He said “We wanted to change the way that the game was going.
“We wanted to up the intensity with more pressure with the ball and be more aggressive going forward in possession.
“We knew that Rose was going to find the wide pocket, and that she was going to be able to penetrate a little bit deeper and pick them passes which pushed us forward.”
The United States will now look forward to their second match at this year’s SheBelieves Cup against Brazil on Sunday.
Article author: Brad Saxton