The U.S. Women’s National Team began its Victory Tour presented by Allstate with a 3-0 win against Ireland before 37,040 boisterous fans at the historic Rose Bowl in Southern California. Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd scored first half goals to set the USA on the way to victory.
Fresh from winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the match vs. Ireland was the USA’s first on home soil since claiming a fourth world title. The U.S. dominated possession throughout the match, attaining an 80-20 percent advantage while amassing a 30-2 disparity in shots.
The U.S. wasted no time putting the screws to Ireland as Lloyd flashed a header wide and smashed a volley over the bar in the early going. With Crystal Dunn and Kelley O’Hara providing big threats down the flanks as the U.S. laid siege to the Ireland penalty area. Dunn saw a shot cleared off the line after a post-corner scrum and then the damn finally broke in the USA’s favor.
In the 16th minute, Press lifted a cross to the back right post for Heath to run under and head home. Horan then doubled the lead a minute past the half hour mark, tapping in a low cross from Mewis at the back left post before Lloyd sent a sumptuous header arching over Marie Hourihan in the Ireland goal a few minutes ahead of the half time whistle.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis, who moved a step closer to becoming the USWNT’s all-time winningest coach with the win, made three substitutions at half time bringing on Jessica McDonald for Heath, Emily Sonnett for O’Hara and swapped goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris for Alyssa Naeher in the U.S. goal.
The second 45 was a mirror image of the first, with the USA controlling play and regularly creating goal-scoring opportunities as more WNT players joined the fray. Ali Krieger came on for Lloyd, Allie Long entered for Mewis, who was withdrawn after taking an elbow to the face and finally Rose Lavelle subbed in for Press with the crowd roaring support for the players at each substitution. At the final whistle, the USWNT took a lap around the field to salute the fans that lingered, cheering on their champions.
Next on the Schedule: The USWNT players return to their NWSL clubs before the Victory Tour continues with stops in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 29 (7 p.m. ET; FS1) and Minneapolis-St. Paul at Allianz Field on Sept. 3 (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2). Both matches will see the USA take on Portugal.