TWO DONEGAL players have been named in a 20-player Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team squad for a friendly against World Cup winners USA next month.
Amber Barrett and Tyler Toland are part of the squad that will take on the just-crowned World champions on August 3 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The squad flies out to America on Monday ahead of the game with Ireland down the services of Denise O’Sullivan and Megan Campbell through injuries.
Milford woman Barrett is in the Irish squad having made a move to German side FC Köln recently. Barrett had excelled for Peamount United and the striker will hope to make a mark in America.
Midfielder Toland, whose club is listed as her native Kildrum Tigers, is also included in a panel that will be managed by Tom O’Connor, following the recent departure of Colin Bell from the hotseat.
O’Connor said: “It has been a quick turnaround, but the offer to play the World Cup winners at the Rose Bowl was one the association couldn’t turn down.
“It will be a fantastic opportunity for the players. It’s set to be a great experience for them and one where they can test themselves against the best in the world. The game will also be a good challenge for the squad ahead of opening match of the European Championship qualifiers against Montenegro in September.
“It’s a bonus to have the squad back together for an extra game ahead of that important fixture, and to get some extra training sessions in too. It’s all good preparation for the Euro qualifiers.”Tags: