USA Women’s National Team defeats Mexico 1-0 to claim top spot in Concacaf W Championship Group A
MONTERREY, Mexico (July 11, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Team won Group A at the Concacaf Championship W after beating Mexico 1-0 in the final match of the group stage in front of a raucous crowd of 20,522. With the victory, won in spectacular fashion thanks to a goal from midfielder Kristie Mewis in 89e minute, USA swept the group with nine points, nine goals scored and zero conceded and will now face second-placed Costa Rica in Group B in the first semi-final on Thursday, July 14 (6:00 p.m. local/7:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, Paramount+ and ViX).
USA, Canada, Jamaica and Costa Rica all secured semi-final berths and qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Now these four teams will play for a spot at the Olympic Games. of Paris 2024, which goes to the winner of the tournament. The second and third place finishers will go on to qualify for Concacaf’s second and final Olympic spot in September next year.
After remaining unbeaten in Group B, Canada will play the second semi-final against Jamaica, who finished second in Group A with six points after a huge 4-0 victory over Haiti and qualified for their second Cup. of the world in stride. Meanwhile, Haiti and Panama finished third in Group A and Group B, respectively, and will take part in the 10-team FIFA Inter-Confederation Qualifiers in New Zealand in February 2023.
The United States dominated the first half, claiming 70% possession while keeping the majority of the game in Mexico’s defensive third. USA came close to scoring the first goal of 15e minute when striker Midge Purce received a cross from defender Kelley O’Hara from the right side of the penalty area. Purce controlled the ball well and shot low towards the far post, but his attempt hit inside the post and bounced.
In the 43rd minute Mexico threatened pushing forward but a shot was deflected and it led to a counter-attack which saw Purce take the ball a 70-yard solo down the right wing, beating his defender with strength and speed before sending a low cross though midfielder Lindsey Horan’s goal was unmarked. Horan hit his shot for the first time, but his attempt went straight to the goalkeeper.
The second half was much the same as the USA came out with the front foot. The team looked dangerous as they racked up three consecutive chances in the 59e minute, but solid saves from goalkeeper Itzel Gonzalez, who played a great game, kept the game scoreless. In the 73rd minute, mexico Jacqueline Ovalle was shown a red card following a VAR review for a vicious tackle on USA midfielder Rose Lavelle, leaving the tournament hosts with 10 women for the rest of the game.
Driven by the crowd, Mexico pushed forward with some success in the latter part of the game and their best chance came in 88e minute when defender Jimena Lopez, who plays in the NWSL with OL Reign, dribbled past the left wing and cut inside before unleashing a shot on target that USA keeper Casey Murphy stopped with a quality dive save.
Moments later, the United States stunned the large crowd with the match winner. After a corner from the left was taken short, striker Megan Rapinoe crossed at the far post and the ball was picked up and picked up by midfielder Ashley Sanchez, who fed the ball back to Taylor Kornieck, who replaced Alex Morgan at centre-forward in the 80e minute. Kornieck fired a cross to the left post and defender Emily Sonnett headed in on target, bouncing the ball onto the grass. Gonzalez made a great save to push the ball up and off the crossbar, but Mewis met the rebound and bundled the ball across the goal line with his thigh for the game winner. With Mewis’ late goal, the United States have now scored in their 60 World Cup and Olympic Games qualifiers.
GOAL SCORING RECAP:
United States – Kristie Mewis, 89th minute: After an American corner, defender Ashley Sanchez collected the ball in the penalty area on the right side and protected it to keep her defender away. She handed it to Taylor Kornieck, who sent a cross to the far post on her first touch. Defender Emily Sonnet met the ball with a header on target which the keeper saved, pushing it low off the crossbar before Mewis was first to deflect and slotted the ball across the goal line. US 1, MEX 0
- Kristie Mewis’ goal in 89e minute scored his seventh career goal, third of the year and second of the tournament. She also scored in consecutive matches.
- With the clean sheet, the United States has now recorded 31 consecutive shutouts in World Cup and Olympic qualifying.
- Goalkeeper Casey Murphymade her second Concacaf W Championship start as she earned her sixth cap overall for the United States. Murphy now has five shutouts from six caps, the first of which came on his debut against Australia on November 27, 2021, a 3-0 win over the Matildas in Sydney.
- The match against Costa Rica in the semi-finals will be the 17th all-time meeting with Costa Rica and the 10th in a World Cup or Olympic qualifier. The teams last met on February 3, 2020, in the final Olympic qualifying group game, a 6-0 victory for the United States in Houston, Texas.
- The United States has a combined 58-1-1 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.
- Head coach Vlatko Andonovski is 37-2-6 in 45 games (two at the end of 2019, nine in 2020, 24 in 2021 and 10 so far in 2022).
-US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-
Match: United States Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: July 11, 2022
Competition: Concacaf W Championship
Venue: University Stadium of Nuevo Leon; Monterrey, Mexico
To start up: 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)
Time: 93 degrees; disengage
Rating Summary: 1 2 F
UNITED STATES 0 1 1
MEX 0 0 0
United States – Kristie Mewis 89e minute
UNITED STATES: 18-Casey Murphy; 5-Kelley O’Hara (8-Sofia Huerta, 64), 12-Naomi Girma, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 14-Emily Sonnett; 17-Andi Sullivan (22-Kristie Mewis, 64), 10-Lindsey Horan (16-Rose Lavelle, 64), 2-Ashley Sanchez; 23-Midge Purce, 13-Alex Morgan (20-Taylor Kornieck, 80), 11-Sophia Smith (15-Megan Rapinoe, 64)
Substitutes not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 3-Alana Cook, 9-Mallory Pugh, 6-Trinity Rodman
N/A: 7-Ashley Hatch, 19-Emily Fox
Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
MEX: 12-Itzel González; 2-Kenti Robles (captain) (13-Bianca Sierra, 75), 15-Cristina Ferral, 14-Casandra Montero, 5-Jimena Lopez; 20-Diana García, 6-Alexia Delgado (23-Maricarmen Reyes, 76), 8-Carolina Jaramillo (17-Jacqueline Ovalle, 61, Ejection, 73); 10-Stephany Mayor, 19-Alicia Cervantes (22-Diana Ordóñez, 61), 11-María Sánchez (18-Joseline Montoya, 85)
Substitutes not used: 1-Emily Alvarado, 21-Mélany Villeda, 7-Myra Delgadillo, 9-Katty Martinez
The Head Coach: Monica Vergara Rubio
Stat Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 15 / 5
Shots on goal: 6 / 1
Backup: 1 / 5
Corner kicks: 11 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 11
Offside: 2 / 0
Summary of misconduct:
MEX – Cristina Ferral (Attention) 34e minute
MEX – Kenti Robles (Warning) 68
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Ejection) 73
Referee: Myriam Marcotte (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Rensch (SUR)
4th Referee: Melissa Borjas Pastrana (HON)
VAR: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
AVAR: Shirley Perello (HON)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Kristie Mewis