The USWNT kicked-off its World Cup send-off series with a 3-0 win over Ireland at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
Abby Wambach added to her record goalscoring tally, netting two goals in three minutes to help lead the United States to an easy victory. Julie Johnston added the United States’ third goal within the opening ten minutes of the second half.
Warning: if you watch the video above of Wambach’s first goal, be advised that Irish defender Meabh De Burca was smashed in the face with the ball at point blank range by her own player. Ireland’s goalkeeper stopped to help out her stricken teammate but Wambach slotted home the opener anyway. Ouch.
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There are two more matches in the send-off series, May 17th vs. Mexico and May 30th vs. Korea Republic before the ladies head to Canada for the World Cup in June.
Many of the players’ mothers were on hand in San Jose to watch their daughters play on Mother’s Day, and the team walked out onto the pitch with their moms by their sides.
Megan Rapinoe and Lori Chalupny both earned their 100th cap today, as the USWNT roster is full of experience heading into the World Cup.
The United States started pressing early, earning three corner kicks in the opening ten minutes of play. Niamh Reid-Burke was busy in net for Ireland, keeping the match scoreless until just before the break.
Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, cleaning up the scraps from a corner kick to put the U.S. ahead from the back post. Just three minutes later it was Wambach again, converting on her signature header to double the lead.
Julie Johnston scored off another corner kick in the second half to put the U.S. up three and seal up the win for Jill Ellis’ side.
USA: Solo, Krieger (Brian, 46′), Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, Press, Holiday, Lloyd, Rapinoe (Chalupny, 46′), Rodriguez (Leroux, 46′), Wambach
Goals: Wambach (42′, 45′), Johnston (54′)
Ireland: Reid-Burke, O’Gorman, Gleeson (Grant, 46′), Campbell, De Burca, Russell (Rossiter, 84′), Littlejohn, Duggan, D. O’Sullivan, F. O’Sullivan (McCabe, 73′), Roche (Sinnott, 90′)