[USA-CANADA REPORT CARD] If it wasn't the greatest game in the history of women's soccer, it must rank very near the top. The Americans rallied three times from
one-goal deficits imposed by Canadian nemesis Christine Sinclair before Alex Morgan headed home the winner in the final
seconds of overtime stoppage time. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney provides U.S. ratings of an incredible game both teams deserved to win ...
GRADE/PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Hope Solo (Seattle Sounders Women) 123/0.
Didn't have much chance on any of the three goals but came up with an excellent kick save late in the match on a Sophie Schmidt shot, and collected the crosses and through balls she should have reached. Cleared a long ball with a confident kick about five yards outside her penalty area.
4 Amy LePeilbet (no club) 74/0.
She didn't contest one of Christine Sinclair's headers while guarding the back post and also had trouble subduing Marie-Eve Nault and Melissa Tancredi when they came up her side. Offensively she overhit balls up the line but did deliver a few quality serves to the forwards.
4 Christie Rampone (no club) 265/4.
Tancredi schooled her on the flank to set up the second Canadian goal and though she won a lot of balls she wasn't able to use her touches to slow and settle the game once the USA had equalized. She did rally her troops through a searing see-saw of emotions.
5 Rachel Buehler (no club) 87/3.
Tackled tenaciously on the ground, but was beaten by Sinclair as she and Abby Wambach didn't mark up on a corner kick. There were many battles won, however, before she came off in the 110th minute, and her sliding block on Sinclair late in the first overtime might have saved the game.
5 Kelley O'Hara (no club) 24/0.
Sinclair cut inside her to score the first goal but she played a solid game, seldom allowing Canada the opportunity to run at goal or cross from her side. She raised her game when the USA went to a 3-4-3 formation. A great crossfield ball in the final minute provided O'Reilly the chance to deliver a game-winning cross.
4 Carli Lloyd (no club) 140/38.
She got a forward a few times in the first half and nearly reached a through ball to get a chance, then retreated to concentrate on defensive duties and playing outlet balls to the attackers. Too many times Canada ran or played the ball through her areas in midfield.
5 Tobin Heath (New York Fury) 50/6.
Tremendous energy and range were betrayed by poor touches at critical moments, such as the heavy mis-trap of an Morgan diagonal ball that bounced out for a corner, and a couple of shooting opportunities she passed up. She used both flanks and the middle to unhinge the Canadian midfield but was also caught out of position when the Canadians pushed forward.
5 Lauren Cheney (no club) 72/18.
She hit several good balls over distance and out to the flanks, and twisted away from pressure a few times to keep possession. When given time on the ball she hit hasty passes that were intercepted, and she lost several duels with Sophie Schmidt and Desiree Scott.
8 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Sounders Women) 57/15.
Returned to her threatening, creative persona of the first two games and scored twice: an "olimpico" directly from a corner kick that snuck in at the near post, and a right-footed cracker from the edge of the penalty area that kissed the inside of the far post. She waged some gladiatorial battles with former college teammate Schmidt, and pushed on relentlessly to the final seconds.
9 Alex Morgan (Seattle Sounders Women) 47/30.
She blistered the Canadian defense repeatedly with an amazing display of runs, touches and passes that should have produced one or two goals. She owned the left side for much of the match and with a typical move played a ball to the far post that Wambach sent wide of the goal, and in overtime provided her another shot that came back off the crossbar. In the final seconds, she somehow mustered the strength and poise to direct a header that looped just under the crossbar as she tumbled to the ground.
6 Abby Wambach (no club) 187/143.
She knocked home the penalty kick that re-tied the match at 3-3 yet later couldn't put away a ball from Morgan for the goal that could have avoided overtime, and also hit the crossbar in OT. Canada dished out a fair number of hits in a vain attempt to stop her, though she did lose her legs in the final minutes, which isn't surprising.
4 Sydney Leroux (Seattle Sounders Women) 19/8.
Despite her entrance with 14 minutes left in regulation she wasn't much of a factor. Canada thwarted her efforts to threaten.
6 Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers) 170/34.
Used her 19 minutes to optimum use; she hit a deep cross that required a good catch by the goalie, buzzed into the box a step too late to reach a through ball, and in the final seconds delivered a classic serve that Morgan headed home to win the game.
NR Becky Sauerbrunn (D.C. United Women) 26/0.
Gave a ball away shortly after replacing Buehler in the 110th minute but managed to avoid another mistake.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high.)