The USWNT hopes to have more celebrations like this on Tuesday night. (© Jon Austria/The Coloradoan / USA TODAY NETWORK)
Coming off a 3-0 victory over Colombia on Saturday night in Commerce City, Colo., the U.S. women’s national team will take on Las Cafeteras again on Tuesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
Kickoff is slated for 10 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT with broadcast coverage on ESPN as the USA plays its final friendly match before kicking off its qualifying campaign for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and 2024 Summer Olympics.
Powered by a second-half brace from forward and Colorado-native Sophia Smith and a goal from midfielder Taylor Kornieck in her international debut, the USA improved to 5-0-1 on the year and recorded its fifth shutout of 2022. The match in Colorado also marked the return to international action for veteran forwards Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, who made their first appearances for the USA since October 26, 2021. Morgan came on at the half and was active in the attack while Rapinoe entered the match in the 77th minute and wasted little time making her impact felt on the scoresheet, assisting Kornieck’s goal in stoppage time with a stellar set-piece service.
Following the match in Sandy, the USA will head to Monterrey, Mexico for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. The competition runs from July 4-18 and will serve as the region’s qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Cup. New this year, the tournament champion will also secure its spot in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris as well as a berth to the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup. The USA kicks off Group A action on July 4, taking on Haiti at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT (CBS Sports. Network, Paramount+, ViX).
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit; 1), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 5), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 80)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 10/0), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 14/0), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 1/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 13/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 153/2), Carson Pickett (North Carolina Courage; 0/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 203/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 65/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 110/25), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville: 5/1), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC; 1/1), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 72/20), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 39/5), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 8/2), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 28/3)
FORWARDS (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 9/4), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC; 191/115), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 73/23), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 14/3), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 188/62), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 3/1), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 16/6)
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