"Overall, I'm very, very pleased with the performance". "We need to be optimistic".
It was business as usual for United States of America who secured a confident 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland on Saturday in their first match since winning the FIFA Women's World Cup™ a month ago. He also wants to double the prize money from 2019 to $60 million. I have a family, and sometimes it's 150-plus days on the road.
With an enthusiastic crowd of 37,040 cheering their every move, they had little trouble with Ireland, FIFA's 33rd-ranked side.
Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half and the Americans cruised from there. "Equal pay!" in reference to the USWNT's gender-discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).
All 23 U.S. World Cup players were present but Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh and Megan Rapinoe did not play because of injuries. Rapinoe, the Golden Ball victor in France, and Morgan got wild cheers whenever they were shown on the scoreboard sitting on the USA bench.
Saturday's match was staged at the Rose Bowl, where the Americans won the second of their four world titles 20 years ago.
Among the fans were retired Los Angeles Lakers' basketball legend Kobe Bryant and Alessandro del Piero, the retired Juventus star who lives in Los Angeles and owns a Hollywood restaurant.
"It was so much fun to just go out and enjoy it and not have the pressure we've been playing with", World Cup hero Rose Lavelle said.
Fresh off a World Cup-winning campaign in France this summer - adding a fourth crown to the Americans' trophy case - the US wasted no time taking an early lead when Tobin Heath connected with a Christen Press cross at the back post to head the hosts in front.
All three goals in Pasadena came in the first half, starting with Tobin Heath heading in the opener from a Christen Press cross after 16 minutes. The U.S.is 13-0-0 against Ireland.