Concacaf W Championship – Group A: USA vs Jamaica
Date: July 7, 2022
Venue: Estadio BBVA; Monterrey, Mexico
Transmission: Paramount+, ViX
Airtime: 7pm ET / 6pm CT
Official kick-off time: 7pm ET / 6pm CT
Starting XI against Jamaica: 1-Alyssa Naher; 2-Ashley Sanchez, 3-Alana Cook, 7-Ashley Hatch, 8-Sofia Huerta, 9-Mallory Pugh, 10-Lindsey Horan (Capt.), 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
GAME NOTES | FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW – JAMAICA
- USWNT Starting XI Cap 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 consists of five different players from the XI who played in USA’s 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 has an average age of 26.1 years, making it the youngest starting XI for USA at a World Cup or Olympic qualifier since Olympic qualification in 2016, when a starting XI with an average age of 25.6 played Puerto Rico on February 15. 2016
- That starting lineup averages 38 caps per player with just one player – Horan – having over 100 caps. Three other players – Naeher, Pugh and Lavelle – have over 70 caps, while the remaining seven players in the starting XI all have less than 20 caps.
- Three payers from tonight’s starting XI saw action in USA’s most recent matchup against Jamaica during the 2021 Summer Series. Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle both started in Houston on June 13, where Lavelle assisted a Carli Lloyd goal just 23 seconds into play and Horan converted from the penalty spot in the seventh minute to double America’s lead. Sophia Smith also saw action in the last duel with the Reggae Girlz when she came on in the second half.
- midfield player Lindsey Horan becomes USA captain in a Concacaf qualifier for the first time with her 113th place finishth international appearance. Horan, who led the USA with six goals in the 2020 Concacaf Qualifiers, has scored eight goals and provided eight assists in 15 career games in Concacaf qualifiers.
- Alyssa closer she will make 10th Career start for USA in a World Cup or Olympic qualifier when she earns her 82nd total caps. Naeher has kept clean sheets in each of her previous nine qualifying appearances and ranks third in USWNT history with 47 career shutouts.
- After making their qualifying debut in the July 4 win against Haiti, Ashley Sanchez will make her fifth career start when she earns her 11th Cap overall with the USWNT. Sanchez will make his ninth appearance for the USA this year and has featured in every game for the USA since the November 2021 friendlies in Australia.
- Alan Cook will make her second start in the tournament as she earns her 12th Overall career cap. Cook leads USA in total minutes played in 2022 with 594 and will now start in each of the last 10 games she has been available for for USA.
- Forward Ashley Hatch will make her qualifying debut in her 11thth international appearance overall for the USA. Hatch, who started the June 25 USWNT game against Colombia in Colorado and was a second-half substitute in the June 28 game in Sandy, Utah, has four goals and one assist in her 10 career games.
- Sofia Hurta do you deserve 16th Hat as she makes her seventh career start for the USWNT. Huerta, at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 for Mexico and capped five caps for Mexico’s senior team, including that against USA, before making a one-off move to the United States. Her first cap for the USWNT came in September 2017.
- After providing an assist in Alex Morgan’s opening goal against Haiti, Mallory Pugh will make her second consecutive start at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in her 76th yearth Cap jumpsuit for the USA. Pugh leads the USA with six assists in 2022 – their most in a calendar year with the USWNT since 2016 (7 assists) – and is also tied for the team lead with five goals this year.
- Sophia Smith will make a second consecutive start for the USWNT when they turn 18th Lid. This will mark the eighth start of the year for Smith, who is most associated with Cook and Fox of any USWNT player in 2022.
- Smith, who leads the United States with five goals a year, hails from Colorado and played her club ball 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 soccer.
- Twenty two years old Naomi Girma will be making her qualifying debut as she makes her third international appearance of her career for the USWNT. Girma, the 2022 NWSL College Draft No. 1, made her USWNT debut less than three months ago, playing the full 90 minutes against Uzbekistan on April 12. She won her second international cap on June 28, when she put in another 90-minute performance in USA’s 2-0 win over Colombia in Sandy, Utah.
- Rose Lavalle will make six starts in six games when she earns her 75th Career cap in tonight’s game against Jamaica, three years to the day she scored the winning goal against the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final. Lavelle is the 50thth Player in USWNT history with 75 caps and directly involved in seven goals in USA’s last five games for a total of two goals and five assists over that span.
- Two days after her 24thth Birthday, Emil Fuchs will compete in the Concacaf W Championship for the second year in a row. This will be the 16thth Career international for Fox, who has played in 12 of USA’s 13 games since the October 2021 FIFA window and made 11 starts in that span. No other player has played more games for USA in the last 10 months.
- 22 players are available for the USA for this game against Jamaica as forward Megan Rapinoe is in Washington DC where she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Biden today. She will be back in Mexico and available for the USA-Mexico game on July 11th.