Lindsey Horan scores her 27th goal, while EMILY FOX scores her first international goal. Midfielder Juliette ERTZ earns her first cap in 611 days. In the first of two international friendlies as part of the USA’s penultimate training camp. Before the 2023 FIFA Women’s Football World Cup roster is decided later this summer. The U.S Women’s Football Team defeated the Republic of Ireland 2-0. Women Football World Cup fans can buy Republic of Ireland vs Nigeria Tickets from our website.

In front of a boisterous sellout crowd of 20,593 spectators at Q2 Stadium. Defender Emily Fox scored her first goal for her country, while midfielder Lindsey Horan added another off a successful penalty. The USA tried to find ways to break down the Irish early on, so it was a physical encounter from the start.

The early going of the game was a chess match with both sides switching possession with the majority of the action taking place in the middle third. After a good run of controlled possession ended with a cross from left-back Crystal Dunn that found forward Sophia Smith in the box, the USA presented its first threat in the eighth minute.

uswnt defeats Republic of Ireland Women Football World Cup team by the lead of 2-0
Uswnt defeats the Republic of Ireland Women’s Football World Cup team by the lead of 2-0

Smith stretched to connect with a shot but her attempt missed the mark as she made her first appearance of the year after returning from a minor injury. When a corner kick resulted in a header at the back post in the 19th minute, Ireland nearly took the lead.

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However, forward Alex Morgan did well to clear the danger off the goal line, and midfielder Rose Lavelle quickly made a clearance. Five minutes later, Ireland put together a string of assaults, and the USA demonstrated its defensive prowess by stopping a string of successive close-range shots.

In the 36th minute, the U.S. came close to scoring when Lavelle found Smith in the penalty area after making room for herself close to the finish line on the left side. Smith delivered a strong shot that was blocked by Irish custodian Courtney Brosnan.

A minute later, Fox received the ball from midfielder Andi Sullivan deep in the middle of the field, took her time to dribble, and then buried her first career goal with a low drive from outside the box into the lower left corner. Mallory Swanson, a forward, was stretchered off the pitch shortly before halftime after suffering a left knee injury from a heavy tackle. In her place, Trinity Rodman took over.

Both teams attacked with greater ferocity in the second half, with the Americans creating many chances highlighted by tight shots from Rodman and Lavelle after some explosive team build-ups. Julie Ertz, a midfielder, replaced Sullivan in the 67th minute. This was her first appearance for the USWNT since the bronze medal game of the Tokyo Olympics and her first cap in 611 days.

Ertz, who received recognition before the game for earning her 100th cap in March 2020, becomes the 15th woman to play for the USWNT after giving birth to her baby in August 2022.

USWNT Player Lindsey Horan

Horan was fouled inside the box while controlling a pass from Ertz with her back to the goal as the U.S. kept up the pressure on the Irish defense, earning her a penalty kick.

USWNT vs Republic of Ireland Women Football World Cup Team Warm Up Match
USWNT vs Republic of Ireland Women Football World Cup Team Warm-Up Match

Horan took the opportunity to capitalize and doubled with a strong strike the lead and seal the win.  Despite the close score, the USA was in control the whole match, scoring 25 shots with six of them being on target while holding the Republic of Ireland to just eight shots with one of them being on goal. The USA also had 10 corner kicks to Ireland’s 6, and they had 70 percent of the possession.

The two teams will square off on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT at the brand-new CITY PARK in St. Louis on HBO Max, Universo, and Peacock. Becky Sauerbrunn, a native of St. Louis, will be celebrated in her hometown for completing her 200th camp at the beginning of the year. Women Football World Cup fans can buy Canada vs Republic of Ireland Tickets from our website.

USA – Emily Fox (Andi Sullivan) scores in the 37th minute. Fox received a pass from Sullivan that was played outside the box and toward the middle of the field. She took a few steps to the right before firing a strong right-footed shot across her body from 20 yards out that went deep into the bottom left corner as the Ireland defense took its time to close her down.  IRL 0, USA 1,

USA – Lindsey Horan (Penalty Kick), 80th minute:

Following a risky opportunity that saw Horan hauled down within the area, Horan went up to the penalty spot and converted with a low shot to the left that the goalkeeper was able to stop but was nevertheless carried into the net by the velocity of the strike. IRL 0, USA 1

ADDITIONAL NOTES: In her 28th appearance, defender Emily Fox scored her first goal of the season. She was one of five players who came into this game hoping to score their first-ever goal for their country.

  • With her goal, Fox becomes the seventh different player and first defender to score for the USWNT in 2023, as well as the 116th player overall.
  • Andi Sullivan, a midfielder, got her first assist of 2023 and the sixth of her career.
  • Midfielder Lindsey Horan’s successful penalty attempt gave her her 27th goal in international play and her first of 2023.
  • The USA played Brazil 2-1 in Frisco on February 22 to win the 2023 SheBelieves Cup, making this game in Austin its 32nd match overall in the state of Texas and it’s second straight in the Lone Star State.
  • The USWNT has defeated opponents 132-12 in winning all 32 of its games in Texas.
  • The USWNT and the Republic of Ireland met for the 14th time overall on Saturday. The USA is 14-0-0 in the overall series versus the Irish.
  • In 59 games with the USWNT, head coach Vlatko Andonovski has a 48W-5L-6D record; 25 of those games came against teams in the world’s top-13 rankings, and 39 of those games were played at home.

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Ireland used four players who were born and raised in the USA. Courtney Brosnan, a goalkeeper who played for Syracuse. Sinead Farrelly, is a midfielder who now plays for Gotham FC after attending Virginia. Marissa Sheva, a forward for the Washington Spirit, and Kyra Carusa, a forward who attended Stanford and Georgetown.

Match report for the U.S. women’s national team

Match: United States Women’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: April 8, 2023
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Q2 Stadium; Austin, Texas
Attendance: 20,593 (Sellout)
Kickoff: 2:37 p.m. ET (1:37 p.m. local)
Weather: 60 degrees; cloudy

Sophia Smith of US Women Football World Cup Team played well against Republic of Ireland Women Football World Cup Team
Sophia Smith of the US Women Football World Cup Team played well against the Republic of Ireland Women Football World Cup Team

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                              1          1          2
IRL                               0          0          0

USA – Emily Fox (Andi Sullivan)                     37th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (Penalty Kick)             80


USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 23-Emily Fox, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 27-Naomi Girma, 19-Crystal Dunn (14-Emily Sonnett, 67); 17-Andi Sullivan (8-Julie Ertz, 67), 10-Lindsey Horan, 16-Rose Lavelle (2-Ashley Sanchez, 80); 11-Sophia Smith, 13-Alex Morgan (7-Ashley Hatch, 67), 9-Mallory Swanson (25-Trinity Rodman, 45+1) 

Substitutes not used: 3-Sofia Huerta, 6-Lynn Williams, 15-Alana Cook, 18-Casey Murphy, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Kristie Mewis, 26-Taylor Kornieck

Head coach: Vlatko Andonovski

IRL:1-Courtney Brosnan; 14-Heather Payne, 25-Aoife Mannion (8-Ruesha Littlejohn, 60), 4-Louise Quinn (Capt.), 7-Diane Caldwell, 11-Katie McCabe; 28-Sinead Farrelly (13-Áine O’Gorman, 60), 10-Denise O’Sullivan, 6-Megan Connolly, 24-Marissa Sheva (26-Tara O’Hanlon, 86); 22-Kyra Carusa

Substitutes not used: 16-Grace Moloney, 23-Megan Walsh, 2-Harriet Scott, 3-Jessie Stapleton, 5-Claire O’Riordan, 9-Amber Barrett, 12-Roma McLaughlin, 15-Lucy Quinn, 17-Jamie Finn, 19-Hayley Nolan, 20-Abbie Larkin, 21-Ciara Grant

Republic of Ireland women’s national football team Head coach:

Vera Pauw

Stats Summary: USA / IRL

Shots: 25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 10 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 13
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

IRL – Aoife Mannion (Caution)          25th minute
USA – Julie Ertz (Caution)                72


Referee: Carly Shaw-MacLaren (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Melissa Snedden (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabrielle Lemieux (CAN)
4th Official: Jasmine Peralta (USA)

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