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USA-Haiti Concacaf W Championship Player Ratings

USA-HAITI EXPRESS:
July 4 in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
USA 3 Haiti 0. Goals: Morgan 16, 23, Purce 84.
Att.: n/a.
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The USA started its qualifying quest for the Women's World Cup and the Olympics against a team, Haiti, that has never reached either. Alex Morgan's two goals within 23 minutes ensured an easy victory despite generally unimpressive play from the USA. Halftime sub Midge Purce scored late to make it a 3-0 win.

USA Player Ratings
(1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)

GOALKEEPER

Casey Murphy timed her move off the line well to cut down the angle and block a one-on-one opportunity for Melchie Dumornay in the 37th minute.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Casey Murphy (NC Courage) 6/0 (26)

DEFENDERS

On Dumornay's big chance, Becky Sauerbrunn froze and looked like she was getting out of the Haitian's way instead of intervening. The other central back, Alana Cook, wasn't tested. Left back Emily Fox's crude and poorly timed tackle earned her a yellow card and Haiti a penalty kick (which Roselord Borgella hit against the post). After over-hitting her first cross, Kelley O'Hara fine-tuned her play, which included the assist on Alex Morgan's second goal and a pass during the buildup to Morgan's first.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit) 155/3 (33)

4
Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns) 204/0 (37)

5
Alana Cook (OL Reign) 11/0 (25)

4
Emily Fox (Racing Louisville) 15/0 (23)

MIDFIELDERS

Rarely did the midfield trio of Rose Lavelle, Andi Sullivan and Lindsey Horan combine with each other. Horan winning a ball in the U.S. penalty area before getting subbed in the 68th minute marked a rare moment of her making an impact. Lavelle's passes were off-target and on this day she didn't provide the darting runs that often make her an attacking force.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

4
Rose Lavelle (OL Reign) 74/20 (27)

4 
Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) 29/3 (26)

4
Lindsey Horan (Lyon/FRA) 112/25 (28)

FORWARDS

Sophia Smith mis-hit her first pass, managed a cross that Alex Morgan headed onto the crossbar, then made no impact before getting subbed at halftime. Morgan scored her first goal with a nifty flick of Mallory Pugh's low cross. Morgan's second goal was a header past frozen goalkeeper Lara Larco from a O'Hara cross. After the assist, Pugh passed inconsistently and shot straight to Larco without pressure from 12 yards.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

4
Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns) 17/6 (21)

7
Alex Morgan (OL Reign) 193/117 (33)

5
Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars) 75/23 (23)

SUBSTITUTES

Midge Purce came on at halftime time and her first effort was a giveaway in the Haiti half. In the 80th minute, Purce squandered a close-range chance after Megan Rapinoe's service, but Purce  scored from 12 yards to make it 3-0 in the 84th minute. The goal came after Kristie Mewis' cross was headed to Purce by Haiti defender Kethna Louis. Sofia Huerta won a tackle shortly entering the game.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Midge Purce (Gotham FC) 16/4 (26)

5
Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit) 10/2 (23)

5
Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC) 40/5 (31)

5
Sofia Huerta (OL Reign) 15/0 (29)

NR
Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign) 190/62 (36)

TRIVIA: The USA has now won all eight games against Haiti, dating back to a 10-0 World Cup qualifying win in 1991, without conceding a goal. Monday's 3-0 win was the lowest margin of victory in the series.

July 4 in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
USA 3 Haiti 0. Goals: Morgan 16, 23, Purce 84.
USA — Murphy; O'Hara (Huerta, 68), Sauerbrunn, Cook, Fox; Lavelle (Sanchez, 58), Sullivan, Horan (K.Mewis, 68); Smith (Purce, 46), Morgan, Pugh (Rapinoe, 74).
Haiti — Larco; Surpris, Limage, Constant, K.Louis, Mathurin; Dumornay, Borgella (Petite-Frere, 90), Mondesir (Pierre, 90+2); B.Louis (Joseph, 90), Jeudy.
Yellow cards: USA — Fox 41. Haiti — Borgella 45. Red cards: none.
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada)
Att.: n/a.


Stats:
USA/Haiti
Shots: 17/7
Shots on target: 5/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 4/1
Fouls: 9/11
Offside: 6/0
Possession: 69%/31%

10 comments about "USA-Haiti Concacaf W Championship Player Ratings".
  1. Kevin Leahy, July 4, 2022 at 11:25 p.m.

    O'Hara rating is too high. Saurebrunn is too slow for the international level. There's no creativity on the field without Horgan or Lavelle. Morgan was a true pro. Still waiting for Sophia Smith to show that she has what it takes and she is running out of time. Think goalkeeper job is settled. 

  2. Santiago 1314, July 4, 2022 at 11:51 p.m.

    Ho Humm... A Warm-Up for the Next Warm-Up Game.!!!
    Don't Forget Gals.!?!?!?
    JUST WIN BABY, WIN.!!!

  3. James Madison, July 5, 2022 at 12:02 a.m.

    The US played generally as if they were entitled to win. This will not do against Jamaica or Mexico. To their credit, Haiti gave it a go. The US decision making was off, there were too many unforced passing errors, and the speed of play was sluggish. Lavelle in particular was not her usual self. Rapinoe tried to inject some energy. Smith, Horan, and O'Hara all were injured. Pugh was next to useless, except that, for a change, her CKs cleared the first defender. Morgan deservescredit for her good goals, but should then get demerits for wandering offside.

  4. Wooden Ships, July 5, 2022 at 12:34 a.m.

    Macarios absence will leave us begging until her return. Morgan doesn't create and make our players play above their grade. 

  5. Bob Ashpole, July 5, 2022 at 2:32 a.m.

    The US played poorly with few exceptions.

    I am most upset by the lack of a red card for cleating of O'Hara. The cleats came within an inch of her eye. Look closely and you can see that the cleats knocked the hair on O'Hara's temple up in the air. The officials' interpretation of the laws is in essence saying that stabbing with a knife is a red card, but slicing with a knife is only a caution. Thankfully her head appears uninjured. I hope that is true of her shoulder, ribs, and hip too. I am not going to say more.

  6. R2 Dad, July 5, 2022 at 5:56 a.m.

    Coach rating? 3
    referee rating? 3

  7. Greg Gould, July 5, 2022 at 9:36 a.m.

    Agree Bob, definitely a red card. Otherwise a poor display of soccer all around. Slow, uninspired, too many unforced errors...they had almost 70% possession but only put 3 more shots on goal in 90 minutes than Haiti?
    But this is the state of women's soccer, especially in CONCACAF. 
    And playing without Macario shouldn't be that big of a deal. Are we already THAT dependent on 1 rookie "star"?

  8. Anthony Petgrave, July 5, 2022 at 9:37 a.m.

    IMHO, Becky Sauerbrunn is, and has been, in recent times, a defensive liability. Teams are now settling traps for her. Her tendencies are apparent,  and teams are using said to initiate counter attacks against this team.

    Her experience and recovery pace was her bedrock, both have now failed her, to my viewing; they'll miss Ertz terribly.

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, July 5, 2022 at 1:40 p.m.

    I agree Anthony, between missing Ertz and Marcario, Team lacks a "Personality" ... Good Team Still, but missing "Something"... Good thing it's only CONcacaCrApF Qualification... Lock for World Cup... Olympics.???

  10. John Soares, July 6, 2022 at 1:05 p.m.

    Got the job done but...
    Not a very inspiring game 
    Call it a day off 

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