USWNT vs Haiti score: Alex Morgan’s first-half brace secures 3-0 win in Concacaf W Championship opener

The United States Women’s National Team kicked off the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship in style with a 3-0 victory over Haiti in the opening game of the tournament in Monterrey, Mexico.

The USA thwarted several chances from Haiti, including a penalty miss that ricocheted off the post, but a first-half goal from Alex Morgan and a late goal from Midge Pearse in the 84th minute were enough to secure three points for the Americans on their way to the world cup and the olympic qualifications.

Morgan was the star of the show as she scored off Mallory Pugh’s cross in the 16th minute to get things going. She followed that up by heading in Kelly O’Hara’s cross in the 23rd minute.

The San Diego Wave star also hit the crossbar with a header in the 11th minute to put pressure on the Haitians early on. Morgan has 21 goals in his 21 qualifying appearances, including at least one goal in five consecutive qualifiers.

Check out some more highlights and takeaways from the game:

Haiti had great chances

This team has several players on the current roster who were part of the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup squad and familiarity with the squad is an added advantage for them when they face teams in the CONCACAF region.

The team had an outstanding chance in the seventh minute with Ketna Lewis’ free kick that almost hit the far post.

Dumornay had a clear chance in the 37th minute when he beat several American defenders, only for Murphy to beat in the box but was unable to finish.

VAR debuts in Concacf W Championship

The Video Assistant Referee made its debut at the Concacaf W Championship with several moments where it was used. By the end of the game, the USWNT had seen two goals given back, a potential offside penalty awarded and a red card given to Haiti overturned

Just before half-time, Roselord Borgella collided with O’Hara and made full studded contact at a high angle on a 50/50 ball — and received a red card — only for the play to be reviewed and the red overturned and a yellow issued instead.

Check out the moment here:

The USWNT eventually scored a third goal after Mewis served into the box, and a failed clearance allowed Purce to head home in the box late in the game.

Next up

The United States will face Jamaica on Thursday in the second of three group stage matches. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM ET on Paramount+, with studio coverage beginning at 6:30 PM ET. Megan Rapinoe, who appeared as a second-half substitute in that game, will be forced to miss the game as she will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. The Americans last played Jamaica in June 2021 in a 4-0 friendly win. A win here could put the USWNT in prime position to advance to the semifinals, which would secure qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

Lisa Byington and Ali Wagner will serve as game commentators with Jenny Chiu as the sideline reporter. Host Poppy Miller, along with USA Hall of Fame goalkeeper Briana Scurry, former Canadian national team player Kaylin Kyle and UNLV women’s soccer coach Jenny Ruiz-Williams will serve as in-studio analysts during the contest.

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