Won it in 15
Won it in 19
They went back-to-back. pic.twitter.com/oAlM6gTAVq— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) August 3, 2019
All 23 U.S. players play in the NWSL, where four games are being played this weekend. Unlike the other games on the Victory Tour -- Portugal in Philadelphia (Aug. 29) and St. Paul (Sept. 3) and
South Korea in Charlotte (Oct. 3) and Chicago (Oct. 6) -- Saturday's game is not during a FIFA window.
Coach Jill Ellis, who announced her intention to step down at the end of the tour, said the two goals for her players were to not get anyone hurt and give back to their fans.
“I said to the players last night," she said, "we want to keep you healthy, we want to share the love and the load and we want to share this summer with our fans. That’s what we’re going to try and do in terms of how we play. Feed off their energy, but also show up close and personal what this team is all about.”
Perfect against the Irish. The USA has won all 12 games against Ireland, allowing only one goal in those games. It is unbeaten and untied with more wins (14) against only two teams: Costa Rica and Finland.
The Irish are preparing for Euro 2021 qualifying, which starts in September against Montenegro. Their team includes 11 foreign-based players: six in England, two in Germany and one each in Portugal and the USA, where forward Heather Payne will play for reigning NCAA champion Florida State as a freshman in the fall.
Crowd count. As of Thursday, more than 32,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's game.
The Rose Bowl was the site of the 1999 Women's World Cup final, where the USA beat China in a shootout before 90,185 fans.
The only two women's internationals played since then were Women's World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Canada that drew 5,568 and 6,911 fans in 2002.