Rose Lavelle said ‘I don’t know how I won’ upon winning MVP in the USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup tournament

Rose lavelle
Rose Lavelle poses with her 2021 SheBelieves Cup MVP award. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
  • Rose Lavelle won MVP of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup tournament.
  • The USWNT star didn’t think she deserved to win it, and she said so.
  • “It’s always nice to be recognized but there were other people who deserved it more,” she said.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Rose Lavelle won the Most Valuable Player award for her contributions to the US Women’s National Team’s winning effort at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.

Though Lavelle enjoyed a solid showing in the tournament – including an assist Wednesday night and a game-winner in the USWNT’s grudge match against Canada – many expected some of her other teammates to get the nod for the individual honor.

And among those surprised by the selection was none other than Lavelle herself.

Rose Lavelle. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

“Honestly I don’t know how I won that,” Lavelle told members of the press during her media availability Wednesday night. “I don’t know who picks that.”

Lavelle looked uncomfortable collecting her new hardware during the trophy ceremony. She sauntered onto the stage and smiled awkwardly after edging out the other finalists for the honor: US teammate Christen Press and Brazil duo Debinha and Adriana.

-Chris ⚽️ (@El_Crychtinho) February 25, 2021

“I think there were a lot better options,” Lavelle said during the press conference. “It’s always nice to be recognized but I think there were other people who deserved it more.”

Check out her full postgame comments below: