The defending world champs started off the year with another victory. The U.S. women’s soccer team shut out the Republic of Ireland during a friendly over the weekend. The 5-0 victory was the first match of 2016, capping off the team’s nine-game victory tour after winning the World Final in July 2015.
In front of a record crowd in San Diego, forward Alex Morgan recorded her 100th career cap with the national team. Wearing the captain’s armband, she also treated fans in her home state to a first-half goal.
Meanwhile, Carli Lloyd continued her international rout with a hat trick, reminiscent of her 2015 World Final game.
Newcomer Mallory Pugh scored the final goal of the game in her first international cap. The 17-year-old forward’s promising start comes as the team says good bye to American stalwart Abby Wambach.
Speaking of good byes, Sydney Leroux says good bye for now. The U.S. forward won’t be heading to Brazil with the rest of her team because she announced yesterday that she is expecting her first child with husband and Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer.
The team heads to Texas in February for the 2016 CONCACAF women’s qualifying championship, so mark your calendars.