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U.S. Player Ratings
by Mike Woitalla, June 28th, 2011 9:50PM

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[USA-NORTH KOREA REPORT CARD] Rachel Buehler scored a rare goal and patrolled the central defense with composure as the USA won its World Cup opener, 2-0. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla grades the U.S. players ...

Starters
Rating Player (Club) GP/G
6 Hope Solo (magicJack) 95/0

Took a pre-game pain-killer shot for the shoulder that was operated on nine months ago and had no agility problems. Credited for seven saves, but the one requiring the most effort was a dive to deflect a near-post shot that may not have been headed into the net.

6 Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt/GER) 18/0
The right back limited Korean forays down their left flank and the second half contributed to U.S. attack, most significantly when she delivered a ball from the wing that came off the crossbar and led to Buehler’s goal.

6 Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers) 59/2

Scored her second goal for the USA – her first came in qualifying against Haiti last year – to seal the win with a hard, low 15-yard shot after a goalmouth scramble.

5 Christie Rampone (Philadelphia Independence) 235/4

Combined with Buehler in the central defense to deny the Koreans a direct path to goal.

3 Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers) 49/0
The Koreans were most dangerous while going at the left back who was fortunate that they ran out of gas in the second half.

6 Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers) 42/14
This would have been a rout had Cheney not struck each of her first four shots straight a keeper Hong Myong Hui. But she made no mistake with her 6-yard header that gave the Americans a 1-0 lead.

4 Shannon Boxx (magicJack) 146/22

She toiled in the midfield but did little to help her team establish rhythm, although she did pass better in the second half.

5 Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat) 109/27
She shot poorly on two attempts in the first half, when she spent more time chasing than creating, but delivered a fine cross-field pass from her own half to Wambach in the sequence that led to the USA’s first goal.

4 Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC) 144/29
Her limited impact from the right flank contributed to the slow U.S. start. Shot weakly and wide when presented with a clear shot from 20 yards in the second half.

4 Abby Wambach (magicJack) 157/118
A non-factor in the first half and in the second half shot high from seven yards and missed a point-blank header from six yards in what would have been considered a nightmare performance had she not set up Cheney’s goal.

5 Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence) 65/17
More active than strike partner Wambach in the first half, but shot straight into a defender on a golden 40th minute opportunity. Turned and shot into the top corner in the 72nd minute but Hong Myong Hui got there in time.

Substitutes
4 Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash) 19/7
Not her usual super-sub self today. Her one shot was high and wide.

nr Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence) 31/10
Quicker down the right flank than O’Reilly, whom she replaced with 11 minutes left, but plagued by bad touches.

(1-low; 5=average; 10=high.)



0 comments
  1. John Munnell
    commented on: June 29, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
    Boxx and Lloyd looked out of ideas and out of energy. I've been a fan, but we need to find better in midfield now. Glad you noted Krieger, as she and Cheney were the only real bright spots on the day.
  1. James Madison
    commented on: June 29, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
    The numbers seem right on. Is it becausethe women are easier to rate than the men? One can only hope they have more energy and focus as the tournament wears on.

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