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U.S. takes 1st game of Ellis’ victory lap

The Associated PressPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Departing head coach Jill Ellis and the U.S. women’s national team opened their post-World Cup domestic Victory Tour with a 3-0 win over Ireland on Saturday night.

Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd scored first-half goals on a celebratory evening at the Rose Bowl to kick off a five-city tour bringing the champions to their eager stateside fans. They’ll also stop in Philadelphia, St. Paul, Minn., and Charlotte, N.C., before finishing in Chicago on Oct. 3 to conclude Ellis’ 5½ years in charge.

Ellis announced her decision Tuesday to walk away as the first two-time women’s World Cup champion coach.

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