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USWNT Opens Group A Play At Concacaf W Championship Against Haiti – U.S. Soccer

The Concacaf W Championship is here! The U.S. Women’s National Team will officially kick off its qualifying campaign for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2024 Olympics on Monday, July 4, squaring off against Haiti in the opening game of the tournament. The Independence Day matchup will kick off at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET from Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico, with broadcast coverage available for viewers in the United States on CBS Sports Network, Paramount+ and ViX.

The new format for the Concacaf W Championship was announced last fall and the tournament serves as the region’s qualifying path for the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the 2024 Summer Games in Paris and, for a few teams, the newly instituted Concacaf W Gold Cup. The eight-team tournament runs from July 4-18 in Monterrey, Mexico and consists of a group stage followed by a knockout round. The top two-finishers from each group will advance to the semifinal and, in the process, qualify for the 2023 World Cup. The third-place finisher in each group will advance to a 10-team intercontinental playoff tournament to determine the final teams in the expand 32-team field for 2023. Additionally, the tournament champion will automatically qualify for the 2024 Olympics with the runner-up and the third-place nations progressing to a Concacaf Olympic playoff to be staged in September of 2023.

Coming off a pair of victories over Colombia at the end of June, the USA is looking to looking to qualify for its ninth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup, having played in every tournament since the competition’s inception in 1991 and winning a record four titles. The USA will also have the opportunity to qualify for an eighth consecutive Summer Olympics.

 

GOALKEEPERS (3):
Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit; 1), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 5), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 81)
 
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 10/0), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 14/0), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 2/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 14/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 154/3), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 203/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 66/0)
 
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 111/25), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC; 2/1), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 73/20), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 40/5), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 9/2), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 28/3)
 
FORWARDS (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 10/4), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC; 192/115), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 73/23), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 15/3), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 189/62), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 4/1), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 16/6)
 
Unlike previous years where the rosters for Concacaf Qualifying have featured 20 players, this year roster sizes were expanded to 23, matching the current World Cup roster size. U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski announced his 23-player roster for the final competition on June 13, bringing in a squad that includes proven veterans on the international stage as along with dynamic, up-and-coming talent.
Nine players of the 23 players on this roster for the Concacaf W Championship were part of the 2019 team that won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and only 10 players in total have previous experience in World Cup or Olympic qualifying at the senior national team level.
 
The USA played its final friendly before opening qualifying on June 28, defeating Colombia, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The Americans took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute after a dangerous cross by defender Sofia Huerta led to a Colombian own goal. Following a 50-minute break in play due to nearby thunderstorms in the area, the USA doubled its lead in the 77th as veteran defender Kelley O’Hara hammered home a half-volley for her third career international goal and her first since 2016.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher recorded the 47th shutout of her career, highlighted by a spectacular diving save in the 55th and another fine stop in the 86th to preserve the clean sheet and extend the USA’s home unbeaten streak to 69 games in a row.
 
Group A commences play on Monday, July 4 with USA-Haiti at 6 p.m. local / 7 p.m. ET, followed by Mexico-Jamaica at 9 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET. Group B plays its opening matches on Tuesday, July 5, with Costa Rica-Panama (6 p.m. local / 7 p.m. ET) followed by Canada-T&T (9 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET).

The final standings in each group will be determined by total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tiebreaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total goals scored. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinal round, where the winner of Group A will play the second-place team from Group B and the Group B winner will face the runner-up from Group A for a spot in the final.
 
With the opening match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup just over a year away, eleven teams have already qualified for the tournament, which has been expanded to now feature 32 teams, up from 24 in both 2015 and 2019. The nations that have already punched their tickets Down Under are co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, China PR, Philippines and Vietnam from Asia, and Sweden, France, Denmark and Spain from Europe. This will be the first Women’s World Cup at any level for both the Philippines and Vietnam, who qualified through the AFC Asian Women’s Cup. Still to be filled are four slots from Africa, four from Concacaf, three slots from South America, seven remaining slots from Europe and three slots from the 10-team playoff tournament that will feature two teams from Asia (Chinese Taipei and Thailand), two from Africa, two from Concacaf, two from South America, one from Oceania and one from Europe.


 
IN FOCUS: HAITI | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

Current FIFA World Ranking: 60

Concacaf Ranking: 7
FIFA Country Code: HAI
World Cup appearances: N/A
Olympic appearances: N/A
Record vs. USA: 0-7-0
Last Meeting vs. USA: January 28, 2020 (4-0 USA win in Olympic Qualifying; Houston, Texas)
Coach: Laurent Mortel (FRA)


 
Goalkeepers (3): 1-Madelina Fleuriot (Exafoot FC), 12-Nahomie Ambroise (Anacaona SC), 23-Lara Larco (Georgetown, USA)
 
Defenders (7): 2-Chelsea Surpris (AS Yzeure, FRA), 3-Jennyfer Limage (Grenoble Foot 38, FRA), 5-Maudeline Moryl (Exafoot FC), 14-Claire Constant (University of Virginia, USA),18-Estericove Joseph (Exafoot FC), 20-Kethna Louis (Stade de Reims, FRA), 21-Ruthny Mathurin (University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USA)
 
Midfielders (4): 4-Tabita Joseph (Stade Brestois, FRA), 6-Melchie Dumornay (Stade de Reims, FRA), 13-Betina Petit Frere (Stade Brestois, FRA), 15-Florsie Joseph (Exacfoot FC)
 
Forwards (9): 7-Batcheba Louis (FF Issy Les Moulineaux, FRA), 8-Meghane St-Cyr (Aigles Ahuntsic, CAN), 9-Sherly Jeudy (Grenoble Foot 38, FRA), 10-Nerilia Mondesir (Montpellier HSC, FRA), 11-Roseline Eloissaint (FC Nantes, FRA), 16-Milan Pierre (George Mason University, USA), 17-Mikerline Saintfelix (Montauban FC, FRA), 19-Dayana Pierre (AS Tigresses), 22-Roselord Borgella (FF Issy Les Moulineaux, FRA)
 
 
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