June 8 in Winnipeg
USA 3 Australia 1. Goals: Rapinoe 12, 78, Press 61, De Vanna 27.
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
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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).