The USWNT faces Haiti on Monday in the opening match of the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship, which will hand out direct tickets to the 2023 FIFA World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics. Those are two international tournaments the No. 1-ranked Americans have never missed.
The five-match qualifying journey begins in a group stage that will have the Americans facing Haiti (July 4), Jamaica (July 7) and host Mexico (July 11). If the USWNT finishes in the top two in Group A, it will book a place at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The team will need to win the semifinal and final to also claim a direct berth to the 2024 Olympics.
Haiti, which has never seen its senior women’s team qualify for a major championship, will be looking to spring the surprise after winning all four qualifying matches to reach the W Championship by a combined 44-0 score. The Haitians feature skillful and explosive attacking players who can potentially wreak havoc on a U.S. team that is missing a host of regulars due to injury and pregnancy.
Not only has the U.S. team won all seven matches it has played against Haiti, but it has also triumphed in 55 of 57 all-time qualifying matches for the World Cup and Olympics combined. Looking to add to that record is a group of younger players, including Sophia Smith (21), Trinity Rodman (20), Ashley Sanchez (23), Naomi Girma (22) and Emily Fox (23), who will be expected to deliver on the big stage after a solid run of friendly matches since the conclusion of the 2021 Olympics, where the USA won bronze.
Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.
USWNT vs Haiti live score
USWNT vs. Haiti live updates, highlights from W Championship
1st min.: We’re off. Haiti get it started.
3 mins from kickoff: The stadium, known as El Volcan (The Volcano) is near empty. The Haitian anthem was followed by the U.S. anthm and we’re nearly set for kickoff.
6 mins from kickoff: Teams are getting ready to take the field. It’s 37-year-old Becky Sauerbrunn and 23-year-old Nerilia Mondesir lead their respective teams out to the middle of the field.
LET’S GOOOOO 🇺🇸
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 4, 2022
50 mins from kickoff: USWNT lineup is out. Casey Murphy starting in goal in place of Alyssa Naeher is the biggest surprise:
— ⚽️ Karri Salas ⚽️ Keeper of the Karchives! (@Karri_Kemyst) July 4, 2022
60 mins from kickoff: Scenes from the stadium where the USWNT will be facing Haiti. It’s home to Liga MX and Liga MX Femenil clubs Tigres UANL:
— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) July 4, 2022
90 mins from kickoff: Fox analyst and former USWNTer Aly Wagner explains why she thinks the USA will be the team that wins it all on July 18.
Agree with her choice? 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/1NOV2eANqJ
— Attacking Third (@AttackingThird) July 4, 2022
120 mins from kickoff: You probably didn’t know there was an official song for the CONCACAF W Championship by Cedella Marley and Skip Marley (Bob Marley’s daughter and grandson).
USWNT vs Haiti lineups
It will be interesting to see how U.S. manager Vlatko Andonovski shuffles his lineup to keep his 23-player squad fresh with three group matches in seven days followed potentially by a single-elimination semifinal and final. There will also be pressure to finish atop Group A to avoid a potential semifinal showdown against Olympic champion Canada.
North Carolina Courage 26-year-old goalkeeper Casey Murphy is named the starter for the opening match over 34-year-old veteran Alyssa Naeher. The rest of the lineup is arguably Andonovski’s best XI.
USWNT starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 18-Casey Murphy (GK) — 19-Emily Fox, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Alana Cook, 5-Kelley O’Hara — 10-Lindsey Horan, 17-Andi Sullivan, 16-Rose Lavelle — 9-Mal Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan, 11-Sophia Smith
USWNT subs (12): 1-Alyssa Naeher (GK), 21-Aubrey Kingsbury (GK), 12-Naomi Girma, 14-Emily Sonnett, 8-Sofia Huerta, 2-Ashley Sanchez, 22, Kristie Mewis, 20-Taylor Kornieck, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 23-Midge Purce, 6-Trinity Rodman, 7-Ashley Hatch
The Haitian side, coached by Frenchman Nicolas Delepine, includes 12 players who feature for clubs in France, including goal scorers Roselord Borgella and Batcheba Louis, and up-and-coming sensations Melchie Dumornay and Nerilia Mondesir, who have starred for Haiti in recent years at international youth tournaments. The team is coming off a 4-2 win and a 2-1 loss against Costa Rica in a pair of tuneup matches, and against the USWNT the same lineup is being fielded for the third straight match.
Haiti starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 23-Lara Larco (GK) — 21-Ruthny Mathurin, 20-Kethna Louis, 14-Claire Constant, 2-Chelsea Surpris — 3-Jennyfer Limage, 9-Sherly Jeudy — 7-Batcheba Louis, 6-Melchie Dumornay, 10-Nerilia Mondesir — 22-Roselord Borgella
Haiti subs (12): 1-Madelina Fleuriot (GK), 12-Nahomie Ambroise (GK), 18-Estericove Joseph 16-Milan Pierre-Jerome, 13-Betina Petit Frere, 8-Meghane St-Cyr, 4-Tabita Joseph, 5-Maudeline Moryl, 19-Dayana Pierre-Louis, 11-Roseline Eloissaint, 17-Mikerline Saintfelix, 15-Florsie Joseph
How to watch USWNT vs Haiti on TV, live stream
- Date: Monday, July 4, 2022
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channel: CBS Sports Network
- Streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX
The USWNT’s opening match from Monterrey’s Estadio Universitario will be televised by CBS Sports Network in the United States. That network is streamed live on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
Streaming platforms Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish) will also carry the match in the USA.