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Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout

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Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout

What a start for Rose Lavelle and the United States in the World Cup. In 56 minutes of action, Lavelle tallied two of the team's seven goals.

In the opening minutes of Lavelle's World Cup debut, she delivered a goal to put the U.S. Women's National Team up 2-0 over Thailand. 

Her goal, assisted by Alex Morgan, was truly gorgeous. Lavelle fired a strike from more than 22 yards out for the second score for the United States. 

Slicing through two converging defenders, Lavelle took the shot off her left boot in the 20th minute.

The goal party continued for USWNT well into the second half. A string of three goals in 11 minutes ended with another tally for Lavelle. 

Slipping past a defender on the weakside, Lavelle found a low cross to burry past the Thailand keeper. 

With Lavelle contributing early, the US is off to a hot start to begin their World Cup campaign. It was a record-breaking 12 goals for the USWNT in a 12-0 victory. 

Lavelle, 24, now has nine goals in international play and could be setting herself up for a huge performance on the world's biggest stage. 

Stateside, the midfielder playes for the Washington Spirit. This season she's played in one game for 45 minutes, missing most of the NWSL competition due to National Team training.

She was not the only Spirit player involved in the blowout. Forward Mallory Pugh scored the team's 11th goal for the first tally of her World Cup career. Pugh came in as a late substitute when the game was well in hand.

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Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle return to Spirit (but Lavelle may not play) Saturday

Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle return to Spirit (but Lavelle may not play) Saturday

Barely two weeks removed from their Women's World Cup Championship victory, U.S. Women's National Team youngsters Rose Lavelle and Malory Pugh will return for the Washington Spirits' matchup against the Houston Dash on Saturday, though Lavelle may not play according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff

Pugh scored once and had one assist in the World Cup, while Lavelle notched three goals, including the game-securing goal in the World Cup final. The pair, along with the rest of the USWNT, partied hard after their gold medal win, but now will rejoin their club team. 

Lavelle is still working back from a hamstring injury that almost kept the midfielder out of the World Cup. She is unlikely to play on Saturday, but will be in attendance to greet fans and sign autographs. 

Fans can watch the Spirit and the Dash face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. 

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Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe and USWNT continue World Cup celebration in LA

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Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe and USWNT continue World Cup celebration in LA

The US Women's National Team's celebration hasn't stopped. 

Washington Spirit players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh traveled with their teammates to Los Angeles for the ESPY awards - and a special salute from LeBron James and Maverick Carter at an afterparty, according to footage posted on social media.

Pugh posted a photo with Lavelle from the awards show, where the team received the award for "Best Team."

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soft smiles at the ESPYs

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Alex Morgan also won "best female athlete" at the awards show.

So when will the celebration end? If Lavelle's Instagram caption is any clue ... never.

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celebrating 4ever

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