U.S. Women's World Cup Champions Victory Tour Expected to Launch With August 3 Match in Rose Bowl

Published : Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 7:21 PM

Megan Rapinoe, at center, exults with teammates on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Image U.S. Soccer via Facebook

The Women’s World Cup championship U.S. team will kick off a national victory tour with a match in the Rose Bowl on August 3, if the Rose Bowl Operating Company approves the game during a special 5 p.m. meeting Monday night.

“The RBOC has the opportunity to host an international soccer match with U.S. Soccer on August 3rd,” RBOC General Manager Darryl Dunn said. “The attendance for this event is expected to be approximately 50,000.”

Dunn told the Los Angeles Times “The Rose Bowl is thrilled at the potential of hosting the opening match of the victory tour.”

Dunn did not say what team the U.S. women’s team will play against, but a Sunday report in the Dublin Independent said it would be the Irish national team.

“Ireland are set for a glamour friendly against world champions USA in the Rose Bowl in California this August,” the Independent report said. “It will be the USA’s first game as world champions following this evening’s 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon and a big coup for women’s football in Ireland.”

Ireland’s team will spend five days in the U.S. for the marquee clash at the Rose Bowl, the report said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. team is set to fly from Lyon, France to New York City on Monday, then be treated a ticker-tape parade and the keys to the city on Wednesday.

Team USA and Ireland’s national women’s team last met in 2016 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, a game which the USA won 5-0.

The U.S. Women’s team defeated the Dutch Sunday behind goals from Megan Rapinoe, who scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute, and Rose Lavelle, who scored in the 69th minute of the match.

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