Concacaf W Championship: USA vs. Jamaica – Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels

USA vs. Jamaica: Concacaf W Championship Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels

Starting XI:

  • 1-Alyssa Naeher: Alyssa Naeher is the goalkeeper for the USA in this match against Jamaica. She has 82 caps overall and will be making her 10th career start in a World Cup or Olympic Qualifying match. Naeher has an impressive record of keeping a clean sheet in each of her previous nine qualifying appearances.
  • 2-Ashley Sanchez: Ashley Sanchez is a midfielder for the USA in this game. She will be making her 11th appearance overall and her fifth career start. Sanchez has been a consistent presence for the USWNT, having appeared in every match since the November 2021 friendlies in Australia.
  • 3-Alana Cook: Alana Cook is a defender for the USA and will be making her 12th career cap in this match. She has been a key player for the USWNT, leading the team in total minutes played in 2022 with 594. Cook has started each of the last 10 games for which she has been available for the USA.
  • 7-Ashley Hatch: Ashley Hatch is a forward for the USA and will be making her qualifying debut in this game. She has 10 international appearances overall and has scored four goals with one assist in her career. Hatch started the USWNT’s June 25 match against Colombia and also saw action as a second-half substitute in the June 28 game against Colombia.
  • 8-Sofia Huerta: Sofia Huerta is a midfielder for the USWNT and will earn her 16th cap in this match. Huerta previously played for Mexico at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and had five caps for the Mexico senior team. She made her one-time switch to the USA in September 2017 and has been a valuable asset for the team since then.
  • 9-Mallory Pugh: Mallory Pugh is a forward for the USA and will be making her second consecutive start in the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. Pugh has 76 caps overall and leads the team with six assists in 2022. She is also tied for the team lead in scoring with five goals on the year.
  • 10-Lindsey Horan (Captain): Lindsey Horan will captain the USA in this match, marking her first time ever as captain in a Concacaf Qualifying match. Horan has an impressive 113 international appearances and has been a consistent performer for the USWNT. She led the team in scoring with six goals at the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament and has eight goals and eight assists in 15 career appearances in Concacaf Qualifying matches.
  • 11-Sophia Smith: Sophia Smith is a forward for the USWNT and will be making her 18th cap in this game. Smith has had an impressive year, scoring five goals and tying for the team lead in scoring. She has made eight starts in 2022, which is tied with Cook and Fox for the most by any player on the USWNT.
  • 12-Naomi Girma: Naomi Girma is a defender for the USA and will be making her third career international appearance in this match. Girma made her USWNT debut less than three months ago, starting and playing the full 90 minutes against Uzbekistan on April 12. She earned her second cap on June 28, putting in another 90-minute effort in the USA’s 2-0 victory over Colombia in Sandy, Utah.
  • 16-Rose Lavelle: Rose Lavelle is a midfielder for the USWNT and will be making her 75th career cap in this match. Lavelle has been a key player for the team, especially in big moments. Three years ago to the day of this match, Lavelle scored the clinching goal in the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands. She is the 50th player in USWNT history to reach 75 caps and has been directly involved in seven goals in the team’s last five games, totaling two goals and five assists over that span.
  • 19-Emily Fox: Emily Fox is a defender for the USA and will be making her 16th career international appearance in this game. Two days after celebrating her 24th birthday, Fox will make her second consecutive start of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. She has been a regular presence in the USWNT lineup, having played in 12 of the team’s 13 matches since the October 2021 FIFA window and making 11 starts during that span. Fox has been one of the most consistent players for the USA over the last 10 months.

Available Substitutes:

  • 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: Megan Rapinoe is not available for this match as she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington D.C. from President Biden. She will be back in Mexico and available for the USA’s July 11 match against Mexico.

Game Notes – Five Things to Know about Jamaica:

  • USWNT Starting XI Cap Numbers: The USWNT starting XI for this match includes players with varying cap numbers. Lindsey Horan leads the way with 113 caps, followed by Alyssa Naeher (82), Mallory Pugh (76), Rose Lavelle (75), Sophia Smith (18), Emily Fox (16), Sofia Huerta (16), Alana Cook (12), Ashley Hatch (11), Ashley Sanchez (11), and Naomi Girma (3).
  • Changes from the Previous Match: Today’s starting lineup features five different players compared to the XI that took the field in the USA’s Concacaf W Championship opener against Haiti. Alyssa Naeher replaces Casey Murphy in goal, Naomi Girma and Sofia Huerta come in for Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn on defense, Ashley Sanchez replaces Andi Sullivan in the midfield, and Ashley Hatch takes the spot of Alex Morgan in the attack.
  • Youthful Starting XI: This starting lineup for the USA against Jamaica has an average age of 26.1 years, making it the youngest starting lineup for the USA in a World Cup or Olympic Qualifier since the 2016 Olympic Qualifying tournament. Back in 2016, a starting lineup with an average age of 25.6 years took the field against Puerto Rico on February 15, 2016.
  • Caps per Player: The starting lineup for this match has an average of 38 caps per player. Lindsey Horan is the only player with over 100 caps, while Alyssa Naeher, Mallory Pugh, and Rose Lavelle have over 70 caps. The remaining seven players in the starting XI all have fewer than 20 caps.
  • Previous Match against Jamaica: Three players from tonight’s starting XI saw action in the USA’s most recent matchup against Jamaica during the 2021 Summer Series. Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle both started the June 13 matchup in Houston, where Lavelle assisted a goal by Carli Lloyd just 23 seconds into the match, and Horan converted from the penalty spot in the seventh minute. Sophia Smith also saw action in the last matchup with the Reggae Girlz, coming on as a second-half substitute.

Player Highlights:

  • Lindsey Horan as Captain: Midfielder Lindsey Horan will captain the USA for her first time ever in a Concacaf Qualifying match. Horan, who has 113 international appearances, previously led the USA in scoring with six goals at the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament. She has an impressive record of eight goals and eight assists in 15 career appearances in Concacaf Qualifying matches.
  • Alyssa Naeher’s Milestone: Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will make her 10th career start for the USA in a World Cup or Olympic Qualifying match. Naeher has an impressive record of keeping a clean sheet in each of her previous nine qualifying appearances. She ranks third in USWNT history with 47 career shutouts.
  • Ashley Sanchez’s Fifth Start: After making her qualifying debut in the July 4 win over Haiti, Ashley Sanchez will make her fifth career start as she earns her 11th cap overall with the USWNT. Sanchez has been a consistent presence for the USA, having appeared in every match for the team since the November 2021 friendlies in Australia.
  • Alana Cook’s Starting Streak: Alana Cook will make her second start of the tournament as she earns her 12th career cap overall. Cook has been a key player for the USA, leading the team in total minutes played in 2022 with 594. She will now have started each of the last 10 games for which she has been available for the USA.
  • Ashley Hatch’s Qualifying Debut: Forward Ashley Hatch will make her qualifying debut in this match against Jamaica. It will be her 11th international appearance overall for the USA. Hatch started the USWNT’s June 25 match against Colombia and has scored four goals with one assist in her 10 career caps.
  • Sofia Huerta’s International Career: Sofia Huerta will earn her 16th cap as she makes her seventh career start for the USWNT. Huerta previously played for Mexico at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and had five caps for the Mexico senior team, including a match against the USA. She made her one-time switch to the USA in September 2017 and has been a valuable member of the team since then.
  • Mallory Pugh’s Contributions: After tallying an assist on Alex Morgan’s opening goal against Haiti, Mallory Pugh will make her second consecutive start of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. Pugh has 76 caps overall and leads the USA with six assists in 2022. She is also tied for the team lead in scoring with five goals on the year.
  • Sophia Smith’s Second Start: Sophia Smith will make a second consecutive start for the USWNT as she earns her 18th cap. This will be the eighth start of the year for Smith, tied with Cook and Fox for the most by any player on the USWNT in 2022. Smith is tied atop the USA scoring charts with five goals on the year.
  • Connection with Coach Lorne Donaldson: Sophia Smith, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with five goals on the year, hails from Colorado and played her club ball for Real Colorado, where she was coached by current Jamaican head coach Lorne Donaldson. Another Colorado native, Mallory Pugh, was also coached by Donaldson in youth soccer.
  • Naomi Girma’s Qualifying Debut: Twenty-two-year-old Naomi Girma will make her qualifying debut as she makes her third career international appearance for the USWNT. Girma, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft, made her 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, putting in another 90-minute effort in the USA’s 2-0 victory over Colombia in Sandy, Utah.
  • Rose Lavelle’s Milestone: Rose Lavelle will make it six starts in six games as she earns her 75th career cap in today’s match against Jamaica. It is a significant milestone for Lavelle, as she becomes the 50th player in USWNT history to reach 75 caps. Lavelle has been in great form, directly involved in seven goals in the USA’s last five games, totaling two goals and five assists over that span.
  • Emily Fox’s Consistency: Two days after celebrating her 24th birthday, Emily Fox will make her second consecutive start of the Concacaf W Championship. This will be the 16th career international appearance for Fox, who has played in 12 of the USA’s 13 matches since the October 2021 FIFA window. Fox has been a regular starter, making 11 starts during that span, and has been one of the most reliable players for the USA over the last 10 months.

Available Players:

  • Twenty-two Players: Twenty-two players are available for the USA in this match against Jamaica. The absence of Megan Rapinoe is notable, as she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier in the day from President Biden in Washington D.C. However, Rapinoe will be back in Mexico and available for the USA’s July 11 match against Mexico.