Monday 21 October 2019

50,000 expected at the Rose Bowl as Ireland set for marquee clash against world champions USA

Ireland will play world champions USA in August
Ireland will play world champions USA in August
USA's Megan Rapinoe (centre) celebrates scoring her side's first goal
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Ireland are set for a marquee friendly against world champions USA in the Rose Bowl in California this August.

It will be the USA's first game as world champions following Sunday's 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon and a big coup for women's football in Ireland. understands Ireland will travel Stateside for five days for the marquee clash on August 3. The venue, the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena in northern LA, has a capacity of just over 90,000 and has hosted the Super Bowl five times.

The friendly against Ireland will kickstart a national victory tour for the USA with 50,000 expected to attend, according to Rose Bowl Operating Company general manager Darryl Dunn.

"The RBOC has the opportunity to host an international soccer match with U.S. Soccer on August 3rd," he told the Los Angeles Times. "The attendance for this event is expected to be approximately 50,000."

The FAI are currently on the lookout for a new boss following the surprise departure of Colin Bell recently.

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