King delighted with USA training camp
Ireland maintain an unbeaten record on their tour to date after defeating Indiana FC 2-1 courtesy of two goals from Shannon O' Sullivan before putting Chicago Red Stars to the sword with a 1-0 win at Benedictine University. Irish manager, Noel King said, "So far, this training camp has been a massive success from our point of view. Obviously the two results against Indiana FC and the Chicago Red Stars were somewhat unexpected given the international quality which flows through these teams. The two games have been very difficult in terms of possession play but the team worked hard and came away with two positive results against genuine top class international players."
"At this stage, we could not have asked for anymore from this training camp, the 30 players involved have all played a part in the two opening games and the daily training and fitness workouts for the players will give us an extra edge going into our FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in the Autumn. Most importantly, I feel it is essential that we have the girls living together as a group for this period and the spirit in the camp is exceptional so far," said King.
"We are at the halfway stage of the trip and we will be working to maintain the hard work for the next four weeks. Our remaining games against Louisville and Notre Dame University will give us a good indication on our improvement as a team during this trip. We are obviously in a results business but the only results that matter are the World Cup qualifiers against Switzerland, Russia and Kazakhstan next Autumn. This groundbreaking trip was essential for the growth of our players as individuals and as a team. We have uncovered some really good players here in the USA and I am sure that the team will be one of the best prepared Irish women's team going into a FIFA World Cup qualifying phase ever."
Ireland have two double-header qualifiers lined up in autumn, kicking off away to Switzerland on September 19 followed by the visit of Kazakhstan on September 24.
The following month, they travel to Russia on October 25 and play the return fixture against Kazakhstan four days later on October 29.
Ireland's 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Group Six Fixtures:
Saturday 19 September 2009
Switzerland v Republic of Ireland
Thursday 24 September 2009
Republic of Ireland v Kazakhstan
Sunday 25 October 2009
Russia v Republic of Ireland
Thursday 29 October 2009
Kazakhstan v Republic of Ireland
Sunday 21 March 2010
Israel v Republic of Ireland
Wednesday 31 March 2010
Republic of Ireland v Switzerland
Saturday 21 August 2010
Republic of Ireland v Russia
Wednesday 25 August 2010
Republic of Ireland v Israel.