Concacaf W Championship – Final: USA vs. Canada
Date: July 18, 2022
Location: BBVA Stadium; Monterrey, Mexico
Broadcast: Paramount+, ViX
Broadcast time: 9:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm PT
Official start time: 22:00 ET / 21:00 PT
Starting XI against Canada: 1-Alyssa Naehher; 3-Alana Cook, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (captain), 8-Sophia Huerta, 9-Mallory Pugh, 10-Lindsey Horan, 11-Sophia Smith, 13-Alex Morgan, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andy Sullivan, 19- Emily Fox
Available Subs: 2-Ashley Sanchez, 5-Kelly O’Hara, 6-Trinity Rodman, 12-Naomi Girma, 14-Emily Sonnett, 15-Megan Rapino, 18-Casey Murphy, 20-Taylor Cornick, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 22 – Christie Muis, 23 – Midge Purse, 24 – Sam Coffey
GAME NOTES | FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW – CANADA
- USWNT XI starting numbers (including this match): Sauerbrunn (207), Morgan (196), Horan (116), Naer (83), Lavelle (78), Pugh (78), Sullivan (32), Smith (21), Huerta (19), Fox (17), Cook (13)
- The starting lineup for the match against Canada – the fifth unique starting lineup used by the USA in this Concacaf W Championship – consists of two different players from the lineup that started in the semi-finals against Costa Rica; Naher in place of Murphy in goal and Fox in place of Sonnett in defence.
- Today’s starting line-up is just five players who started against Canada in the Olympic semi-finals, which was the last meeting between the teams: Najeher, Sauerbrunn, Horan, Lavelle and Morgan.
- Horan and Smith will now start every game for the United States in the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, both starting for the fifth time in a row.
- This starting line-up averages 28 years and 77 matches per player, with three players – Sauerbrunn, Morgan and Horan – playing over 100 matches and three – Huerta, Fox and Cook – under 20 matches.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will captain the US for 36th total time, but she is first in the final as she scores 207th international performance for the USA. Now Sauerbrunn breaks the tie with Tiffany Milbrett and becomes the sole owner of the ninth place in the list of the best US players of all time. most caps by any player in USWNT history played almost exclusively as a quarterback.
- Goalkeeper Alyssa Naher will make his second start in the Concacaf W Championship, earning his 83rd career hat. Najeher, who drew against Jamaica in Team USA’s second group stage match on July 7, has 48 career shutouts, the third most in USWNT history. Two of Najer’s 48 shutouts were in Canada. Naer, who had an outstanding tournament in Tokyo, started the Olympic semi-finals against Canada but was forced to withdraw in the 30th round.th minute and the score went 0–0 due to a knee injury that sidelined her for the rest of the year.
- Alana Cook will make her fourth start in the Concacaf W Championship as she earns her 14th career cap for USWNT. Cook, who is playing in her first competitive tournament with the USWNT, leads the US in total minutes played this year with 746 minutes played. It will be 12 Cookth starting in the last 14 US matches, a period that dates back to the November 2021 matches in Australia.
- Sofia Huerta will make her second straight and third start overall in the Concacaf W Championship as she earns her 19th cap from USA. Huerta, who will now see the field in all five games of the Concacaf W Championship, has provided two assists in 2022 and also helped score two own goals. Seven of Huerta’s nine career starts have come since her return to the national team in November 2021.
- Forward Mallory Pugh will make his fourth start in the Concacaf W Championship, earning 78th career hat. Pugh leads the U.S. with seven assists in 2022, two of which came in this tournament, with 24 goals.th international goal in 14 July win over Costa Rica. This will be the second time Pugh has reached the final for the US, and the first since the 2016 Olympic qualification when she started the US’s 2-0 victory over Canada in the championship game.
- Lindsey Horan will start his fifth game in a row at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship with 116th international look. Horan, who led the United States in scoring with six goals in the 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers, has eight goals and eight assists in 18 CONCACAF qualifiers and has two goals and two assists in seven matches against Canada.
- Sophia Smith bring her 21st. cap as she makes her team leader 11th the beginning of 2022 and the fifth consecutive start of the tournament. Smith, who is playing in her first competitive tournament with the USWNT, leads the USWNT in scoring with seven goals for the year and scored a brace within the first eight minutes of the US’s 5-0 victory over Jamaica on July 7.
- After scoring a brace in Team USA’s first game against Haiti, Alex Morgan will make her fourth start in the tournament as she earns her 196th hat and walks past Shannon Box to single-handedly take possession of 13th in the list of the best US players of all time. A double against Haiti marked Morgan’s victory. 29th career multi-goal game, third best in US history. So far, she has scored 21 goals in 23 qualifying matches for the USWNT, the third most in US history.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle will make her fourth start and fifth overall appearance of this tournament as she earns her 78th cap for USA. Lavelle scored USA’s third goal in a 5–0 win over Jamaica on 7 July, her third goal of the year and recorded her sixth assist in 2022 in the US victory over Costa Rica on 14 July. Lavelle, who has scored two goals in four career games against Canada, has been directly involved in nine goals in his last eight games for Team USA, scoring three goals and providing six assists.
- Andy Sullivan bring her 32th a career high as she makes her fourth start in the Concacaf W Championship, which would be her first start and first appearance in the USWNT Finals. Sullivan is third overall this year’s USWNT in total minutes played with 658, making her 10.th beginning of 2022.
- Defender Emily Fox returns to the US starting XI after missing the last two games on COVID protocols. Fox has started USA games against Haiti and Jamaica and is set to earn her 17th career hat. She will now appear in 13 of the 16 US games after the October 2021 FIFA Window and make her 12th start within this time frame.
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