The United States women’s national team meets Haiti in the opening game of the Concacaf W Championship on July 4th. The tournament serves as World Championship, Olympic and Gold Cup qualifiers in one competition, and the action begins Monday in Monterrey, Mexico. The top-ranked Americans are consecutive reigning champions in the Concacaf and have eight titles to their name. Another first place would secure qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the Paris 2024 Olympics and the 2024 Gold Cup.
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How to see and odds
Game: Group Stage of the Concacaf W Championship
date: Monday 4th July | time: 7 p.m. ET
location: Estadio Universitario – Nuevo León, Mexico
TV and live stream: Outstanding+
United States: Unbeaten in 2022 with six wins and a draw while outscoring opponents 33-1, the USWNT has come through the first half of its calendar year with plenty of new faces and younger talent. The team had a few moments against opponents where they struggled to unlock low blocks and took longer to build up their attack and score the breakthrough goal. Note that Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh both play key roles up front in the opening game against Haiti.
The team enters the Concacaf W Championship as reigning world champions and as the No. 1 team in the FIFA World Rankings. The target will always be on their backs as a strong favorite to win the group and the competition. With the expansion of the teams in the World Cup, four teams from the Concacaf region qualify. With Olympic and Gold Cup qualification at stake as well, there is no room for error. It would be a big disappointment and a stain on Vlatko Andonovksi’s CV if this group couldn’t win everything. So high are the expectations of this team.
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Haiti: Don’t sleep with this side who are under the radar among some experienced squads in Group A. The Haitians have youth on their side, with nine players in the current squad who were part of the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup squad. The same team beat Canada for third place during the Concacaf qualifiers in Trinidad. They have a good core of players who know each other well at the senior level and are able to make in-game adjustments depending on their opponents. The 23-man squad includes 12 players playing for French clubs and four players currently playing at US colleges.
Keep an eye on Roselord Borgella, who led all players with 11 goals in the qualifying round, and Batcheba Louis, who finished fourth with eight goals. Claire Constant will also look to her consistent performances — she played in all 23 games (22 starts) for Virginia last season and helped the Cavs after 13 shutouts. She was awarded All-Met Player of the Year in 2018 Washington Post and the 2017 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.