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3 NL alums named to U.S. WNT roster for Tokyo 2020 Olympics


UPDATE: United States wins bronze

FRISCO, Texas (June 23, 2021) — Three players who competed in the US Youth Soccer National League during their youth soccer careers have been named to the United States Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis and Emily Sonnett — who each played in the National League with their youth teams — are among the 18 players named to the United States roster ahead of this summer’s Olympic games. Each of the three National League alumnae helped the U.S. Women’ National Team claim the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, with Lavelle earning the Bronze Ball as the tournament’s third-best player.

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  • Lavelle played multiple seasons in the National League (2011-12 and 2012-13) with Cincinnati United Premier (OH-S). She scored a single goal in each season she played in the league.
  • Mewis competed in one of the early National League seasons as a member of Scorpions Elite (MA).
  • Sonnett played three years in the National League (2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12) with NASA (GA). She helped her team earn a National League title and a runner-up finish and later led it to the USYS Under-19 Girls National Championship in 2013.

The United States opens group play at the Olympics with a game against Sweden at 4:30 a.m. ET on July 21. The Americans follow that with a game against New Zealand at 7:30 a.m. ET on July 24 before wrapping up the group stage against Australia at 4 a.m. ET on July 27.

Each of the National League alumnae on the U.S. Women’s National Team competed in the national tier of the National League, which is now National League P.R.O. For more information on the National League P.R.O., click here.


The U.S. Women's National Team won the bronze medal with a 4-3 victory against Australia on Aug. 5. 

Sam Mewis appeared in all six games and made four starting lineups, including in the bronze medal match against Australia. Mewis also added a goal and an assist during the tournament. 

Rose Lavelle also appeared in all six games and made four starts. She scored the team's first goal of the tournament in its 6-1 win against New Zealand. She also converted the team's first penalty shootout attempt in the United States' 3-2 (4-2 PK) quarterfinal win against the Netherlands. 

Emily Sonnett made two appearances, including a full 90-minute run in the 6-1 win against New Zealand.

(Player photos: ISI Photos/U.S. Soccer)