PASADENA, Calif. — Fresh off a dominant display at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the United States Women’s National Team returned home to kick off the first stop of their Victory Tour with a 3-0 win over Ireland on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
The 37,040 fans at the Rose Bowl were treated to another impressive performance, as the USWNT got the scoring started early with a goal by Tobin Heath in the 16th minute of action, off a cross from Southern California native, Christen Press. The goal was Heath’s sixth of 2019 and the 31st of her distinguished career. Press now has a team-high eight assists.
Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd both added first half goals for the U.S.. Lloyd’s header in the 41st minute gave the United States a commanding 3-0 lead, and was the 114th goal of her career. The veteran forward, who has appeared in 282 games, continues to be an impact player for the U.S.
Just as they showed during their run to a fourth world title last month, the American women smothered their opponent with pressure from the start and never let up en route to their victory over Ireland.
The U.S. was without superstars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe on Saturday night. Both players were nursing injuries from the FIFA World Cup. While Morgan and Rapinoe didn’t see game action they received loud ovations from the Rose Bowl crowd when introduced with the team.
With the win, the U.S. improved to 13-0 all-time against Ireland. The Victory Tour will continue on August 29th with a match against Portugal in Philadelphia.