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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Victorious To Begin Victory Tour, Defeating Ireland 3-0

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 04, 2019, 12:30 a.m. (ET)

Carli Lloyd celebrates her goal with Crystal Dunn at the USWNT Victory Tour on Aug. 3, 2019 in Pasadena, Calif.

 

Tobin Heath got the 2019 Victory Tour off to a perfect start Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

The three-time Olympian headed in the first score for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on a floating pass from Christen Press in the 16th minute, and the U.S. went on to a 3-0 victory over Ireland in Pasadena, California. The game marked the beginning of the five-game Victory Tour for the U.S. following its FIFA World Cup championship last month in France.

Heath, a two-time Olympic and World Cup champion, stretched her arms out after scoring and faced the end zone crowd at the Rose Bowl to begin the celebration.

Heath and Press also set up the second scoring play of the night. Heath moved the ball into the attacking zone and sent a pass to Press, who fed Lindsey Horan for a score in the 31st minute.

The night began with a grand ceremony at the Rose Bowl, which is where the U.S. women won their first World Cup championship in 1999. A pregame tribute included four large star-shaped flags with the years of the four U.S. World Cup championship teams unfurled on the field. Members of the 1999 team were on hand to watch the game. Carli Lloyd, a three-time Olympian and two-time World Cup champion, led the team onto the field while carrying the World Cup championship trophy.

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Lloyd scored her 114th career goal in the 41st minute.

The game concluded an emotional week for the U.S. team, during which head coach Jill Ellis announced she was retiring from the team following the Victory Tour after leading the U.S. to back-to-back World Cup titles. Alex Morgan, 30, a two-time Olympian and two-time World Cup champion, announced on her ESPN show that she intended to remain with the team and go after a third consecutive World Cup title in 2023.

Both Megan Rapinoe, the World Cup Golden Boot winner, and Morgan, the Silver Boot winner, celebrated the night on the bench with their teammates. They did not play due to injuries.

The Victory Tour resumes on August 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, when the U.S. hosts Portugal.

The U.S. also faces Portugal on September 3 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The final two games will be against Korea on October 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and October 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.