Concacaf W Championship – Semi-final: United States against Costa Rica
Date: July 14, 2022
Venue:university stadium; Monterrey, Mexico
Broadcast: CBS Sports Network, Paramount+, ViX
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT
Official kick-off time: 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT
Starting XI against Mexico: 18-Casey Murphy; 3-Alana Cook, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (captain), 8-Sofia Huerta, 9-Mallory Pugh, 10-Lindsey Horan, 11-Sophia Smith, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Emily Sonnett, 16-Rose Lavelle, 17- Andi Sullivan
Substitutes available: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 2-Ashley Sanchez, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Trinity Rodman, 12-Naomi Girma, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 20-Taylor Kornieck, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 22-Kristie Mewis, 23-Midge Purce, 24-Sam Coffey
Not Available: Emily Fox
PLAY NOTES | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW – COSTA RICA
- USWNT Starting XI Pick Numbers (Including This Game): Sauerbrunn (206), Morgan (195), Horan (115), Pugh (77), Lavelle (77), Sonnett (69), Sullivan (31), Smith (20), Huerta (18), Cook (13), Murphy (8)
- The starting line-up against Costa Rica includes four different players from the XI that started the final game of the group stage against Mexico: Cook and Huerta in defense for Girma and O’Hara, Lavelle in midfield for Sanchez and Pugh in attack in place. of Purce.
- Horan and Smith will now have started every match for the United States at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship.
- This starting line-up averages 28 years and 74 caps per player, with three players – Sauerbrunn, Morgan and Horan – at over 100 caps and four – Smith, Huerta, Cook and Murphy – with 20 caps or less.
- Tonight’s starting XI against Costa Rica features just two players for time spent in USA’s last game against Costa Rica in the final game of the 2020 Olympic qualifying group stage – Emily Sonnett, who started and played the full 90 minutes in defense, and Lindsey Horan, who scored in the win.
- Defender and team captain Becky Sauerbrunn will enter a tie with Tiffeny Milbrett for ninth on the all-time USA picks list as she ranks 206e international appearance. Sauerbrunn, who captained the team and played the full 90 minutes in group stage wins over Haiti and Mexico, is the most capped player in USWNT history to have played exclusively as a defenseman.
- Goalkeeper Casey Murphy will be making her third Concacaf W Championship start as she earns her eighth overall cap for the United States. Murphy has had six shutouts in his previous seven caps, including clean sheets this tournament against Haiti and Mexico.
- Alana Cook returns to the United States to make his third Concacaf W Championship start in what will be his 13e international appearance for the United States. Cook, who made his international debut against Costa Rica on November 10, 2019, played all 180 minutes of the United States’ first two group stage matches against Haiti and Jamaica before taking a well-earned rest against Mexico.
- Sophie Huerta will make her second Concacaf W Championship start as she turns 18e international appearance for the United States. Huerta, who will now have seen action in all four Concacaf W Championship games, has had two assists in 2022 and also helped create two own goals.
- Forward Mallory Pugh will make his third start in the Concacaf W Championship after a well-deserved rest in the third game of the group stage against Mexico. Pugh leads the United States with seven assists in 2022, including two in this tournament and is expected to net him 77e career high in tonight’s game against Costa Rica.
- Lindsey Horan will make his fourth straight Concacaf W Championship start by winning his 115e international appearance. Horan, who led the United States in scoring with six goals at the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament, has eight goals and eight assists in 17 career Concacaf qualifying appearances.
- Sophie Smith will bring him 20e cap as she makes her team leader 10e start of 2022. Smith also leads the USWNT in scoring seven goals on the year and netted a brace inside the first eight minutes of the USA’s 5-0 win over Jamaica on July 7.
- After scoring a brace in the United States opener against Haiti, Alex Morgan will make her third start of this tournament as she makes her 195e international appearance, traveling tied with Shannon Boxx for 13e on the list of all-time United States selections. The brace against Haiti marked Morgan 29th career multi-goal game, third-best in United States history. She has now scored 21 goals in 22 career qualifying appearances for the USWNT, the third most in United States history.
- Emilie Sonnet will make a second straight start at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship as she wins her 69e career cap. Sonnett started and played the full 90 minutes in the July 11 win over Mexico, and was key in the USA goal in 89e minute with the initial header that sparked a rebound for Kristie Mewis to call and finish.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle will make her third start and fourth overall appearance of this tournament as she wins her 77e cap for the USA. Lavelle scored the United States’ third goal in the 5-0 victory over Jamaica on July 7 for his third goal of the year and sixth career goal for the United States in a World Cup or Olympic qualifying match. She has been directly involved in eight goals in USA’s last eight matches, scoring three goals and adding five assists.
- Andi Sullivan will win him 31st career high as she makes her third Concacaf Championship start W. Sullivan is third overall in the USWNT this year in total minutes played with 589 and will make her ninth start in 2022.
- Defender Emily Fox remains under COVID protocols and is unavailable for selection.