USA vs. Haiti – Soccer Match Report – July 4, 2022
Alex Morgan scored a first-half brace and Margaret Purce added a late goal as the United States Women’s National Team beat Haiti 3-0 in the CONCACAF W Championship group stage.
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Morgan opened the scoring for the United States in the 16th minute with a heel kick on a pass from Mallory Pugh that passed Haiti goalkeeper Lara Larco. Morgan’s second goal came on a header in the 23rd minute.
Monday’s victory at the Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico saw the USWNT overcome defensive struggles against the upstart Haitians and secure the inaugural tournament opener between the top teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. .
Roselord Borgella could have given Haiti a goal from the penalty spot after Morgan’s first two goals, but she missed and then received a yellow card for a foul before half-time.
USA appeared to score on an own goal in the 78th minute, but Megan Rapinoe was ruled offside. Purce scored his fourth international goal in the 84th.
USA coach Vlatko Andonovski praised Morgan and said he was happy with the result, although there are things to work on before the Americans face Jamaica on Thursday.
“On the other side, we let a lot of chances slip away, we gave away a penalty. It’s something we’ll have to do better and tie a few things up for the next game,” Andonovski said.
Eight teams are split into two groups for the W Championship. The top two from each group secure places for the 2023 Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The third in each group qualify for a 10-team intercontinental playoff.
The W Championship winner also earns a spot at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Haiti has never qualified for a World Cup or the Olympics. Besides the United States and Haiti, the group includes Jamaica and Mexico.
Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are in the other group.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.