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USA vs. Ireland Women's Soccer: Date, Time, Live Stream for 2019 Friendly

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2019

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates scoring the first goal from the penalty spot with Alex Morgan during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The United States Women's National Team will play for the first time since their FIFA World Cup success on Saturday, as they welcome the Republic of Ireland to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Jill Ellis' team were outstanding at the showpiece in France, where they were comfortably the best side in the competition and eventually got the better of the Netherlands in the tournament final. They're set to receive a huge ovation from the fans packed into the 90,000-capacity stadium.

For the Irish, it'll be a special occasion to be a part of. They failed to qualify for the summer's World Cup and they lack the kind of quality their opponents will possess, although skipper Katie McCabe will hope the players in green can raise their game.

Here are the key details for the contest, including the viewing information for what should be a memorable night for the United States players.

    

Date: Saturday, August 3

Time: 10 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (BT), 3 a.m. (BST, Sunday)

TV Info: ESPN 2 (U.S.)

Live Stream: ESPN+ (U.S.)

    

Preview

The American stars captured the imagination of many fans with their performances at the World Cup. Saturday night will give their home supporters the chance to give their players a rousing reception.

The USWNT not only performed to an outstanding level in France, they were able to put across their vibrant personalities every time they stepped out onto the field.

Their star player was forward Megan Rapinoe, who is surely the player the supporters at the Rose Bowl will be most keen to see after she was named the World Cup's best player. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated reflected on what was an extraordinary tournament for her:

Grant Wahl @GrantWahl

Still can’t get over Megan Rapinoe winning the World Cup Golden Boot and Golden Ball, which nobody (including herself) would have predicted pre-tournament. She’s going to win FIFA World Player of the Year at age 34. Three years ago, she looked like she was done internationally.

Although the team has had much to celebrate, Saturday's fixture will signal the start of preparations for the next major tournament, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The United States will go to the Games without Ellis in charge. It's been confirmed ahead of the clash with Ireland that the manager will step down at the end of the five games that consist of the USWNT's victory tour, meaning her final match will be in October.

Ellis will walk away from the position having been appointed in 2014 and delivering two World Cup wins in her five years in charge. The Team USA Twitter account put her record as coach into context:

Team USA @TeamUSA

102 wins, only seven losses & the first in history to win two World Cup titles. Jill Ellis will step down as #USWNT head in October as a forever legend. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/8t5Lb3k2mP https://t.co/jzXWH68Svb

"When I accepted the head coaching position, this was the timeframe I envisioned," she said after confirming the departure, per BBC Sport. "The programme is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women's soccer. Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family, this is the right moment."

The popularity of the side she's helped craft will become abundantly clear on Saturday. Per sports journalist Giovanni Moujaes, it's been a long time since the USWNT played at one of the country's most iconic sporting venues:

Giovanni Moujaes @giovannimoujaes

The @USWNT will play at this beauty tomorrow in their first Victory Tour game. It's the first time the national team has played at the Rose Bowl in 17 years and third since their 1999 World Cup win. Can't wait! 📹: Matt Spinelli/KTLA #VictoryTour https://t.co/42JBeFcjfM

For Ireland, there's little to lose going into the game, as it's unrealistic to expect them to get any kind of positive result. While they have some fine individual players, it'll be difficult for them to retain possession and apply pressure for long spells against such a well-oiled opponent.

The underdogs will hope the United States players get caught up in the occasion and allow some complacency to creep in as a result. However, this USWNT has shown time and time again they are a fiercely competitive set of footballers, and a strong display is to be expected as a result.

Prediction USWNT 4-0 Ireland