Welcome to your live thread for the United States Women's National Team taking on Ireland in the first match of the U.S. Victory Tour (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2). It’s the first of five matches to celebrate the USWNT’s World Cup victory as the teams collide at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
The USWNT will be playing its first match at home since winning the World Cup and it’s appropriate that the game is at the site where the U.S. captured the World Cup title in 1999. There should be a good crowd on hand with the U.S. Soccer Federation reporting that more than 32,000 tickets had been sold as of Aug. 1.
The United States is 14-1-2 in the 2019 calendar year, but hasn’t lost since Jan. 19 in an away match against France. The USWNT is 12-0-0 in the all-time series and has scored at least five goals on seven occasions in those 12 prior meetings.
The most recent meeting between the Yanks and the Republic of Ireland was Jan. 23, 2016 — also in California. The USWNT won 5-0 in San Diego behind a Carli Lloyd hat trick. It was Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan’s 100th cap and Mallory Pugh’s USWNT debut. Pugh scored a goal in her first ever senior match with the U.S.
Unfortunately, Morgan and Megan Rapinoe will not be available for Jill Ellis to select tonight.
Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe will not play Sat vs Ireland because of injuries, Jill Ellis announced #uswnt— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) August 2, 2019
DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 47/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 21/1), 19-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 91/24), 11-Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 103/1), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 124/2), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 164/0), 14-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 34/0).
Midfielders (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 83/6), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 88/19), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 74/10), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 33/10), 20-Allie Long (Reign FC; 46/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 56/14).
Forwards (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 156/30); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 281/113), 22-Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 8/2), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 169/107), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 123/49), 2-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 56/17), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 160/48).
Goalkeepers (2): 1-Marie Hourihan (Braga, POR), 16-Grace Moloney (Reading, ENG).
Defenders (8): 3-Harriet Scott (Birmingham City, ENG), 4-Louise Quinn (Arsenal, ENG), 5-Niamh Fahey (Liverpool, ENG), 7-Diane Caldwell (SC Sand, GER), 8-Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion, ENG), 14-Lauren Dwyer (Wexford Youths), 15-Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisburg, GER), 20-Eabha O’Mahony (Cork City).
Midfielders (5): 6-Alex Kavanagh (Shelbourne FC), 10-Eleanor Ryan-Doyle (Peamount United), 13-Jess Gargan (Shelbourne FC), 17-Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), 18-Claire Walsh (Peamount United).
Forwards (5): 2-Heather Payne (Florida State, USA), 9-Amber Barrett (FC Köln, GER), 11-Katie McCabe (Arsenal, ENG), 12-Rianna Jarrett (Wexford Youths), 19-Emily Whelan (Shelbourne FC).
How to Watch
Match Time: 10 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Rose Bowl — Pasadena, CA.
Streaming: WatchESPN, fuboTV.
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