MONTERREY, Mexico (July 7, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica 5-0 in their second game of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship at BBVA Stadium, one of Mexico’s three venues for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. striker Sophia Smith and goals from midfielders Rose Lavelle and Kristie Mewis as well as forward Trinity Rodman led the United States to their second shutout win of the tournament and one step closer to their place in World Cup.
With the win, the United States are currently atop Group A with six points and could clinch a top-two spot in the group – and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup berth that goes with it – if Haiti win. or draw against Mexico in the second group. A game of the night, which kicked off at 9 p.m. local/10 p.m. ET (Paramount+ and ViX).
The opening minutes of the match, once again played in extreme heat, were a back-and-forth affair, but the United States scored a valuable goal only in the fifth minute when defender Naomi Girma, who n It was only his third selection. , found Smith on the run with a long ball down the right wing. Smith lifted the bouncing ball past a defender inside the penalty area and then finished with a deft strike with the outside of his right foot, spinning the ball into the left side of the net on a movement that can only be described as world-class.
It took just three minutes for Smith to double the lead, this time finishing after a long pass from defender Sofia Huerta freed her behind the defence. Smith beat the Jamaican keeper to the bouncing ball and lifted it over the rushing keeper and just across the goal line before a Jamaican defender cleared it.
The United States continued to dominate the game, keeping most of the game in the Jamaican half while posting 10 shots and six on target and limiting the opposition to two shots and one on target in the first half. The Americans were a constant threat and VAR reviews ruled out strikers Ashley Hatch and Mallory Pugh’s goals for offside, while Hatch also had a chance denied by the woodwork in the 25e minute.
USA came out determined in the second half, immediately threatening when Hatch fired a volley from the top of the box just five minutes in which was denied by the left post. Ten minutes later, Lavelle put his name on the scoresheet after finishing off a cross from midfielder Ashley Sanchez from five yards out. The USA were then awarded a penalty in the 82n/a minute after striker Midge Purce burst into the box on a fine dribbling run and was knocked down. Mewis stepped in from the spot and finished confidently with a left footed strike.
USA put the finishing touches on the game three minutes later after Pugh hit a through ball from Huerta on the right wing and crossed it in the heart of the box. Rodman, who entered the 60se minute to play centre-forward, made a tough run through midfield ended for the first time just inside the penalty area. With the goal, the 20-year-old became the youngest player to score for the United States in a World Cup or Olympic qualifier since 2008, when 19-year-old Tobin Heath scored against Jamaica during Olympic qualifying.
The USWNT will play its third and final group stage match on Monday, July 11, taking on hosts Mexico at Estadio Universitario (9 p.m. local/10 p.m. ET on Paramount+ and ViX).
GOAL SCORING RECAP:
- United States – Sophia Smith (Naomi Girma), 5th minute – After possessing the ball in the back, Girma sent a long ball to Smith on the right flank. Smith controlled the ball on the rebound and took a smart touch on a defender in the box before finishing with a brilliant foot strike with the outside of his right foot into the net from the left side. United States 1, JAM 0
- United States – Sophia Smith (Sofia Huerta), 8th minute – Huerta threw a pass just past midfield to meet the fleeing Smith in the box, again down the right side. Smith caught the ball as the goalkeeper rushed to challenge and deftly lifted it over the keeper on first touch from seven yards out to double the lead. United States 2, JAM 0
- United States – Rose Lavelle (Ashley Sanchez), 59th minute – After recovering the ball and playing from the back, the United States played on the left wing. Sanchez dribbled hard towards the baseline and sent a low cross towards the back post where Lavelle finished from a tight angle on his first touch from five yards out. United States 3, JAM 0
- United States – Kristie Mewis (Penalty), 83rd minute – After a foul on Margaret Purce inside the box, Mewis approached the penalty spot and finished with a powerful left-footed strike. United States 4, JAM 0
- United States – Trinity Rodman (Mallory Pugh), 86th minute – Pugh raced a through ball from Huerta down the right flank and crossed it towards the heart of the box where Rodman finished on his first touch from five yards out. United States 5, JAM 0
- Forward Sophia Smith’s brace tonight marked her sixth and seventh goals of the year as well as her third career multi-goal game. Smith has already scored a hat-trick against Uzbekistan on April 9 and a brace against Colombia on June 25. She now has eight career goals and leads the United States with seven goals in 2022.
- Smith’s opening goal in the fifth minute marked the fastest goal scored by a player so far in the Concacaf W Championship.
- Defender Naomi Girma’s assist to set up Smith’s opening goal marked her first career goal on her third cap. The goal also featured a goal assist connection between the two youngest players in the starting XI, as Girma is 22 while Smith is 21.
- Girma also becomes the 12th different player to record an assist for the USWNT in 2022.
- With Girma and Ashley Hatch starting against Jamaica, and with Taylor Kornieck and Trinity Rodman as substitutes, 12 different players have now made their qualifying debuts for the USA in this tournament. Thirteen of the 23 players in this roster entered the tournament without having participated in the World Cup or Olympic qualifiers for the senior national team.
- Defender Sofia Huerta’s assist to set up Smith’s second goal of the night marked her third career assist and second of the year. The game was also the first time Sophia and Sofia connected to score.
- Midfielder Rose Lavelle’s goal marked her third goal of the year and her 21st career tally, as well as his sixth career goal in a World Cup or Olympic qualifier.
- Sanchez’s assist to score Lavelle’s goal marked his third career assist, all of which have come in 2022.
- Midfielder Kristie Mewis’ goal marked her sixth career goal and second of 2022.
- After entering the game in the 60se minute, forward Trinity Rodman saw her first action of the tournament and scored her second career goal.
- Rodman is the sixth different player to score for the United States this tournament – Morgan (2), Smith (2), Mewis (1), Lavelle (1), Purce (1) and Rodman (1) – while five players have scored an assist – Pugh (2), O’Hara (1), Sanchez (1), Huerta (1) and Girma (1).
- A total of 11 different players have been directly involved in a goal for USA at the Concacaf W Championship. with a goal or an assist
- After entering the game as a halftime substitute, defender Emily Sonnett saw her first action of the tournament, tallying five duels won, five possessions won and three tackles won.
- The United States have now kept a clean sheet in each of their last 30 Olympic and World Cup qualifying games. The United States last allowed a goal in a qualifying game in the 2010 World Cup qualifying semi-final, losing 2-1 to hosts Mexico.
- Head coach Vlatko Andonovski is 36-2-6 in 44 games (two at the end of 2019, nine in 2020, 24 in 2021 and nine so far in 2022).
- The United States has a combined 57-1-1 overall record in World Cup and Olympic qualifying matches, with the only loss coming in 2010 to Mexico in the World Cup qualifying semi-finals. The only draw for the United States in World Cup or Olympic qualifying officially came in the final of the 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament against Canada, although the United States prevailed on penalties to win tournament.
-US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-
Match: United States Women’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: July 7, 2022
Competition: Concacaf W Championship
Venue: BBVA Stadium; Monterrey, Mexico
To start up: 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time)
Time: 100 degrees; Partly cloudy
Rating Summary: 1 2 F
United States 2 3 5
JAM 0 0 0
United States – Sophia Smith (Naomi Girma) 5th minute
USA – Sophia Smith (Sofia Huerta) 8
USA – Rose Lavelle (Ashley Sanchez) 59
USA – Kristie Mewis (Penalty) 83
USA – Trinity Rodman (Mallory Pugh) 86
UNITED STATES: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 8-Sofia Huerta, 3-Alana Cook, 12-Naomi Girma, 19-Emily Fox (14-Emily Sonnett, 46); 10-Lindsey Horan (captain) (22-Kristie Mewis, 60), 16-Rose Lavelle (20-Taylor Kornieck, 65), 2-Ashley Sanchez; 11-Sophia Smith (23-Midge Purce, 46), 7-Ashley Hatch (6-Trinity Rodman, 60), 9-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Andi Sullivan, 18-Casey Murphy, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury,
N/A: 15-Megan Rapinoe
Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
JAM: 13-Rebecca Spencer; 19-Tiernny Wiltshire, 17-Allyson Swaby, 4-Chantelle Swaby, 14-Deneisha Blackwood; 10-Jody Brown (16-Paige Bailey-Gayle, 46), 7-Chinyelu Asher, 6-Havana Solaun (3-Vyan Sampson, 46), 18-Trudi Carter (8-Kayla McCoy, 75); 20-Atlanta Primus (9-Drew Spence, 63); 11-Khadija Shaw (captain) (15-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 63)
Subs not used: 1-Sydney Schneider, 23-Yazmeen Jamieson, 2-Satara Murray, 5-Jade Bailey, 12-Jayda Hylton-Pelaia, 21-Olufolasade Adamolekun, 22-Mireya Gray
Head Coach: Lorne Donaldson
Stat Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 20 / 4
Shots on goal: 11 / 2
Backup: 2 / 6
Corner kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 6 / 0
Summary of misconduct:
JAM – Deneisha Blackwood (Attention) 43rd minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Attention) 45+4
JAM – Allyson Swaby (Warning) 90+4
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Lourde Noriega (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Lidia Ayala (HON)
4th official: Myriam Marcotte (CAN)
VAR: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
AVAR: Shirley Perello (HON)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Sophie Smith