USA-Australia Women's World Cup Player Ratings

June 8 in Winnipeg
USA 3 Australia 1. Goals: Rapinoe 12, 78, Press 61, De Vanna 27.
Att.: 31,148.
Megan Rapinoe scored twice and helped create Christen Press’ goal as the USA opened its World Cup campaign with a 3-1 win over Australia, which had the better of the first half but faded in the second.

USA Player Ratings
7 Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC) 171/0
Diving saves in the fifth, 13th and 45th minutes enabled the USA to go into halftime with a 1-1 tie despite a lackluster first-half performance.

5 Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit) 67/1
Left back struggled along with fellow defenders against swift Aussies in the first half.

5 Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars) 13/3
Central defender was fortunate that the Aussies ran of gas after U.S. took the lead.

5 Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 82/0
Caught up to Samantha Kerr to disrupt her breakaway in second half.

6 Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash) 35/2
Of the backline, left back was most effective at delivering passes to attackers.

6 Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) 46/21
Wide right in midfield, she mis-hit her early passes and didn’t attack down the wing -- but compensated with an excellent finish for the go-ahead goal when she ventured into the middle to latch on to Leroux’s service.

4 Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City) 125/23
Lost ball too often, failed to lead the midfield.

5 Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) 196/63
Relayed midfield ball she won to Rapinoe on third goal.

8 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC) 103/31
Neat spin move set herself up for the deflected shot that made it 1-0. Nicely settled Solo’s high goal kick before hitting the pass that sent Leroux on her way to assist on Press’ goal. Took ball from halfway line all way down field to score USA’s third goal.

5 Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash) 72/35
Partnered with Abby Wambach to form a mostly ineffective frontline. She shot way high when she had plenty of time to unleash a 45th-minute shot from 17 yards. She did set up Press’ goal with nice low pass after a darting run down the flank.

3 Abby Wambach (unattached) 243/182
Squandered a close-range diving header chance in each half and didn’t threaten otherwise.

6 Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC) 93/11
Helped the U.S. keep possession for longer stretches after she replaced Press in the 68th minute.

nr Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC) 85/51
Recovering from a knee injury, made her first game appearance since April 11 and did not reveal her form in her 11 minutes on the field.

nr Morgan Brian (Houston Dash) 30/4
Relieved Rapinoe with four minutes left.

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

June 8 in Winnipeg
USA 3 Australia 1. Goals: Rapinoe 12, 78, Press 61; De Vanna 27.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Press (Heath 68), Lloyd, Holiday Rapinoe (Brian 86); Leroux (Morgan 79), Wambach.
Australia -- Barbieri, Alleway (Sykes 83), Gorry (Kennedy 81), Uzunlar, Catley; Kellond-Knight, Foord; De Vanna, Kerr, Heyman (Simon 69).
Yellow Cards: USA -- Holiday 56, Rapinoe 64.
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay).
Att.: 31,148.

17 comments about "USA-Australia Women's World Cup Player Ratings ".
  1. R2 Dad, June 9, 2015 at 12:30 a.m.

    Thank you for finally including ratings for the women. Now we get to complain about them. I thought referee Umpierrez had difficulty keeping a lid on the physical play, especially the boot to the head we saw in the second half that was not called. That, and the ridiculous yellow to Rapinoe for the Aussie dive that preceded it.

  2. Bruce Gowan, June 9, 2015 at 8:17 a.m.

    Can the US always win with Wambach only on the field to finish set pieces. When she is on the field the team is forced into playing direct with long balls. The team is better with her on the bench and the team playing the ball on the ground. Sorry Wambach your day is over.

  3. John Pepple, June 9, 2015 at 8:42 a.m.

    I'm sure it was a great game, but I didn't get to watch it because my cable package didn't have the channel it was shown on. Instead, I got to watch Sweden versus Nigeria.

    Why is this happening?

  4. beautiful game, June 9, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.

    I was unimpressed with the long ball MLS-style offensive mentality...looks like the MLS disease needs to be treated. If it wasn't for the poor Aussie finishing, this would have been a different contest.

  5. Karl Schreiber, June 9, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.

    John P. – You did not miss much. The U.S. did not play well. Australia in contrast has improved. The whole broadcast by Fox was a disaster IMHO because of the continuous senseless shouting by the so-called “color commentators” DiChicco and Kat W. (?) about their opinions on coaching aspects. Who the heck cares about that?! Let JP Dellacamera do his thing. He is one of the best. – John just catch the highlights on youtube. You’ll see three good saves by Solo, Wambach’s non-dominance of the penalty area, Rapinoe trying to make up for that successfully. And they will hopefully leave out the long stretches of nervous action.

  6. Joy Shelly, June 9, 2015 at 1:20 p.m.

    Is Rapinoe's rating serious?! Yes, she scored 2 goals, but every other time she touched the ball was aweful. I'd give her a 6 with the two goals; a 3 without the goals.

    I agree with @I w Nowozeniuk, the direct play was just not our style, and frankly, it was painful to watch. I don't care if they are playing on grass or turf, surface is not an excuse to not play your style. Shoot, Lloyd didn't touch the ball more than 10 times the whole game. We need her to be a playmaker if #WeWantThreeStars. But when our defenders put up long balls to our 30/70 chance of winning it attackers, we can kiss the Cup goodbye.

    Not impressed.

  7. Joy Shelly, June 9, 2015 at 1:23 p.m.

    Oh... and... In Hope we trust! She was beast yesterday!

  8. Juan R, June 9, 2015 at 1:44 p.m.

    I totally agree with you Joy. Rapinoe was lucky, and otherwise made a bunch of poor decisions. It wasn't until the game was in hand that the US started to pass the ball well instead of trying to take everyone on and hold onto the ball. Hope Solo saved this game!

  9. Kent James, June 9, 2015 at 1:44 p.m.

    Wambach did seem to win 90% of the headers she contested for, but missed the 2 great chances she had to score (as the commentator Kat (?) said, she's a bit rusty), so I'm not sure she's completely to blame, but I agree with everyone here that Rt 1 through Wambach is certainly a limiting style. The Aussies did have a lot of quick combinations up the middle that I thought were always dangerous, but it's the first game, and the US won (handily, in the end) against a pretty tough opponent, so it's a fine start. But we'll need to do better to win the whole thing...

  10. James Madison, June 9, 2015 at 2:25 p.m.

    Finally player ratings---the long discriminatory drought may be over. As for the ratings, how Klingenberg rates a 6 escapes me. Among other matters, she left De Hanna unmarked on the Australia goal. Holiday and LLoyd were questionable. Except for the run and pass on which she set up Press, Leroux was almost as useless as Wambach. Wambach got her head on the ball as best she could, but not her feet. Solo and Rapinoe clearly were the best players on the team. Solo bailed out the US more than once. Even though her crosses did not match her shots, Rapinoe deserved at least a 7. Overall, the first 15 minutes were awful and the next 55 not a lot better. Please, please, please, US, stop sending the long hopeful balls over the top or into the penalty area crowd for someone to run onto or head home, respectively. The passing game in the final 20 looked much more promising.

  11. Tim Brown, June 9, 2015 at 4:18 p.m.

    We expect a lot from this bunch. But in review we got a win and that in the end is what counts. Nigeria looks dangerous to me. Sweden is quality as well. Usa will have to improve for sure.Dont give up on Abby just yet. Defense looked overmatched. Thank you Hope Solo. Sister of Hans Solo?

  12. Carl Hudson, June 9, 2015 at 7:04 p.m.

    Joy Shelly, you are totally wrong about Rapinoe. She controlled the game with her ball skills, especially in the second half. She banged a lot of long shots because she didn't have anybody to pass to (except Walmbach, who screwed those passes up). The USA team played the entire game left-sided, because we didn't have an attacker on the right side near the touch line. Press wandered to the middle, made no effort to get open, and Lloyd didn't get the ball because she stayed on the 50. And the chest-heavy, out-of-shape
    loafer Leroux was nowhere to be found.
    I repeat: Who was Rapinoe supposed to pass to? And I give the USA coach a 2 rating for player selection and refusal to adjust the attack. At this point I'd start RAMPONE as right forward!

  13. Raymond Weigand, June 9, 2015 at 7:20 p.m.

    Hah ... the Aussie attack was quick and coordinated ... they looked like they were doing a Coerver clinic. Easy to quack at Wamby because the excitement wasn't there - however, takes a whole team to generate chances on offense. Probably we will see more options against Sweden ... probably we will see Australia, again.

  14. Dan Mouw, June 10, 2015 at 12:25 a.m.

    If you switch the two goalkeepers, the U.S. loses that game 3-1 or even 3-0. Solo's save on Kerr's volley demonstrates a tremendous combination of technique and athleticism. I'm not sure how she rates below Rapinoe in this game.
    Rapinoe's three good touches we're very productive, but there were so many times where a simple ball could have made the game work and we saw twelve touches into jail and a wayward cross or giveaway. I would love to think that she could become more efficient and stay dangerous, but I think that we have to take the bad with the good and hope that she can finish like she did last night. Without the second goal, her night is basically a fortunate deflection for a goal and a single recognition of space and an obvious pass to Leroux.
    It was hard to watch. We can hope that we will see more scheming and combination play from Heath, Brian, and the veterans in the midfield in future games. If that hope is unfounded, at least we have Hope in goal.

  15. David V, June 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

    Can't wait until Alex Morgan can play and Wombat is out of the team

  16. David V, June 10, 2015 at 10:33 a.m.

    Did anyone see the ref in the Spain-Costa Rica game... horrible, absolutely horrible... I haven't seen more than a few games, but I sure hope that ref is not indicative of how the officiating is at this WWC

  17. Santiago 1314, June 11, 2015 at 5:06 p.m.

    @ Tim,... I think you have Stumbled onto the Hope Solo Secret Identity...Her REAL name is "HANDS" Solo.. Daughter of Princess Lea and Hans Solo...Banished to Earth, for being "Nucking Futs"...She does have the Look of a "Grey" with those Big Eyes and Skinny Lanky Body...She is Certainly "Out of this World" in the Goal...Let's "HOPE" her Non-Soccer life can find some Peace and Quiet. ..***May The Force Be With Her***

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