Concacaf W Championship – Group A: USA v Jamaica
Date: July 7, 2022
Venue: BBVA Stadium; Monterrey, Mexico
Broadcast: Paramount+, ViX
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT
Official kick-off time: 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT
Starting XI against Jamaica: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 2-Ashley Sanchez, 3-Alana Cook, 7-Ashley Hatch, 8-Sofia Huerta, 9-Mallory Pugh, 10-Lindsey Horan (captain), 11-Sophia Smith, 12-Naomi Girma, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19- Emily Fox
Available Subs: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Trinity Rodman, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Emily Sonnett, 17-Andi Sullivan, 18-Casey Murphy, 20-Taylor Kornieck, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 22-Kristie Mewis, 23-Midge Purce
Not Available: Megan Rapinoe
PLAY NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW – JAMAICA
- USWNT Starting XI Pick Numbers (Including This Game): Horan (113), Naeher (82), Pugh (76), Lavelle (75), Smith (18), Fox (16), Huerta (16) Cook (12), Hatch (11), Sanchez (11) Girma ( 3)
- Today’s starting line-up features five different players from the XI who took to the pitch in the US Concacaf W Championship opener against Haiti; Naeher for Murphy in goal, Girma and Huerta for O’Hara and Sauerbrunn in defense, Sanchez for Sullivan in midfield and Hatch for Morgan in attack.
- This starting XI is on average 26.1 years old, making it the youngest starting lineup for the United States in a World Cup or Olympic qualifier since the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, when a starting lineup with an average age of 25.6 took the field against Puerto Rico on February 15. 2016.
- This starting lineup averages 38 caps per player with just one player – Horan – averaging over 100 caps. Three other players – Naeher, Pugh and Lavelle – have over 70 caps while the remaining seven players in the starting IX all have under 20 caps.
- Three payers from tonight’s starting XI appeared in USA’s final game against Jamaica in the 2021 Summer Series. Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle both started the June 13 game in Houston, where Lavelle assisted a goal by Carli Lloyd just 23 seconds into the game and Horan converted from the penalty spot in the seventh minute to double the American advantage. Sophia Smith also saw action in the last match for the Reggae Girlz, as a second-half substitute.
- Midfielder Lindsey Horan will captain the United States for the very first time in a Concacaf qualifier as they turn 113e international appearance. Horan, who led the United States in scoring with six goals at the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament, has eight goals and eight assists in 15 career Concacaf qualifying appearances.
- Alyssa Naher will make him 10e career start for the United States in a World Cup or Olympic qualifying match as she earns her 82n/a overall cap. Naeher has kept a clean sheet in each of his previous nine qualifying appearances and ranks third in USWNT history with 47 career shutouts.
- After making his qualifying debut in the July 4 win over Haiti, Ashley Sanchez will make her fifth career start as she earns her 11e global cap with the USWNT. Sanchez will make his ninth appearance of the year for the United States and will now have appeared in every game for the United States since the November 2021 friendlies in Australia.
- Alana Cook will make his second start of the tournament winning his 12e overall career cap. Cook leads the United States in total minutes played in 2022 with 594 and will now have started each of the last 10 games she has been available for the United States.
- Forward Ashley Hatch will make his qualifying debut in what will be his 11e international appearance overall for the United States. Hatch, who started the June 25 USWNT game against Colombia in Colorado and came on as a second-half substitute in the June 28 game in Sandy, Utah, had four goals and one assist in his 10 career selections.
- Sophie Huerta will earn him 16e cap as she makes her seventh career start for the USWNT. Huerta, for Mexico at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and earned five caps for the senior Mexican team, including one against the United States, before moving once to the United States. His first selection for the USWNT came in September 2017.
- After collecting an assist on Alex Morgan’s first goal against Haiti, Mallory Pugh will make his second consecutive start of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in what will be his 76e global cap for the United States. Pugh leads the United States with six assists in 2022 — his best in a calendar year with the USWNT since 2016 (7 assists) — and is also tied for the team lead with five goals on the year.
- Sophie Smith will make a second consecutive start for the USWNT as it earns its 18e cap. It will be the eighth start of the year for Smith, tied with Cook and Fox for the most by any USWNT player in 2022.
- Smith, who is tied atop the U.S. scoring charts with five goals this year, hails from Colorado and played her club for Real Colorado, where she was coached by current Jamaican head coach Lorne Donaldson. Pugh, another Colorado native, was also coached by Donaldson in youth football.
- Twenty-two years Naomi Girma will make her qualifying debut as she makes her third career international appearance for the USWNT. The No. 1 pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft, Girma made his USWNT debut less than three months ago, starting and playing the full 90 minutes on April 12 against Uzbekistan. She earned her second cap on June 28, scoring another 90-minute effort in the United States’ 2-0 victory over Colombia in Sandy, Utah.
- Rose Lavelle will make six starts in six games as she earns her 75e career in today’s game against Jamaica, three years after the day she scored the decisive goal in the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands. Lavelle is the 50e player in USWNT history to reach 75 caps and has been directly involved in seven goals in USA’s last five games, totaling two goals and five assists in that span.
- Two days after turning 24e birthday, Emilie Renard will make his second consecutive start in the Concacaf W Championship. It will be the 16e career international appearance for Fox, who will now have made 12 of USA’s 13 appearances since the October 2021 FIFA window, making 11 starts in that span. No other player has appeared in more matches for USA in the past 10 months.
- Twenty-two players are available for the United States for the game against Jamaica as forward Megan Rapinoe is in Washington DC, where she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Biden earlier in the day. She will be back in Mexico and available for USA’s July 11 game against Mexico.
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