Sophia Smith made her Women’s World Cup qualifying debut. (© Jon Austria/The Coloradoan / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Sophia Smith, Emily Fox, Alana Cook, Casey Murphy, Sofia Huerta, Ashley Sanchez, Kristie Mewis and Midge Purce – all except Mewis having fewer than 20 caps – made their first appearances for the U.S. women’s national team in a Women’s World Cup or Olympic qualifier in the 3-0 win over Haiti on Monday night.

Murphy earned her sixth career cap and her fourth appearance of 2022. Murphy, who earned her first cap with the USWNT just seven months ago in a 3-0 victory over Australia in Sydney on November 27, now has five clean sheets in her six career caps.

Cook made her seventh start of 2022 in her 11th international appearance overall.

Smith, the youngest player in this Starting XI at 21-years-old, earned her 17th cap overall.

Fox earned her 15th cap for the USA and has now played in 11 of the USA’s 12 matches since the October 2021 FIFA window, making 10 starts during that span. No player has appeared in more matches for the USA over the last 10 months.

Becky Sauerbrunn captained the USWNT for the 33rd time in her 204th international appearance. This was Sauerbrunn’s 18th start and 19th cap for the USA at a Concacaf Qualifying event, having played in World Cup Qualifying in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and Olympic Qualifying in 2012, 2016 and 2020.

This was the fourth time Cook and Sauerbrunn have started together at center back. They started together most recently in the USA’s 3-0 victory over Colombia on June 25.

O’Hara earned her 155th cap, moving into a tie with Michelle Akers and Christen Press for 22nd on the USWNT’s all-time caps list. O’Hara is competing in her sixth Concacaf Qualifying tournament, having played in Olympic Qualifying in 2012, 2016 and 2020 and World Cup Qualifying in 2014 and 2018. She has one goal and four assists in 16 Qualifying appearances.

O’Hara registered her 21st career assist and second of 2022 on Morgan’s first goal.

Mallory Pugh became the 49th player in USWNT history to reach 75 caps. At 24 years and 66 days old, she is the youngest player to reach the milestone since Heather O’Reilly did so in 2008 at age 23. This was Pugh’s 10th cap overall in Concacaf qualifying and her first since World Cup qualifying in 2018.

The assist on Alex Morgan’s first goal was Pugh’s team-leading sixth assist of 2022. Pugh’s six assists are tied for her most ever in a calendar year with the USWNT, previously reaching the mark in 2018 and 2019.

Lindsey Horan earned her 112th cap as she competes in her fourth consecutive qualifying event for the USA, having appeared in Olympic Qualifying in 2016, World Cup Qualifying in 2018 and Olympic Qualifying again in 2020.

This was Morgan’s first multi-goal game since scoring a hat trick vs. Paraguay on Sep 21, 2021.

The USWNT is now 70-0-10 (W-L-D) in games in which Alex Morgan scores.

Midfielder Andi Sullivan made her seventh start of 2022 in her 29th international appearance overall. This was Sullivan’s second appearance for the USA in a Concacaf Qualifying event, starting and playing the full 90 minutes against Panama during 2020 Olympic Qualifying.

Megan Rapinoe earned her 190th cap and 24th appearance all-time in a qualifier. Only Carli Lloyd (35) and Abby Wambach (28) have more. Christie Pearce Rampone also with 24 qualifying appearances.


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Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at