USA Player Ratings
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC) 171/0
Didn’t have to make any saves. Punched away corner kick amid goal-area crowd in 38th minute.
7 Ali Krieger
(Washington Spirit) 67/1
Right back created most of the U.S. attack in the first half, some in the second, and defended well throughout the game.
8 Julie Johnston
(Chicago Red Stars) 13/3
Stellar performance by central defender who won tackles (a big one in the 88th minute), intercepted low and high passes.
7 Becky Sauerbrunn (FC
Kansas City) 82/0
Partnered with Johnston to stifle forwards Therese Sjogran and Lotta Schelin. Cut off a pass that prevented a 63rd-minute breakaway.
Klingenberg (Houston Dash) 35/2
Left back kept dynamic Sofia Jokobsson at bay and headed shot by Carolina Seger off the line in the 77th minute – the closest either team came to scoring.
4 Morgan Brian (Houston Dash) 30/4
Right midfielder failed to threaten down the flank.
3 Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City) 125/23
With Lloyd, part of a central midfield that should be a concern for Ellis for its inability to carve out chances for the frontline.
3 Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) 196/63
Forced a Hedvig Lindahl save in 48th minute, perhaps the only time she penetrated effectively. Coughed up the ball a few times, dangerously in the 50th minute.
4 Megan Rapinoe
(Seattle Reign FC) 104/31
Ineffective first-half effort included an atrociously mis-hit free kick within scoring range and a corner kick straight to first defender. Set up first second-half chance (Lloyd shot) and Wambach’s diving header in the 72nd minute. But was repeatedly stopped by Elin Rubensson down the wing.
3 Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)
Started on a frontline with Leroux and the two failed to connect with each other. Missed badly with a 57th minute shot. Spent a few uneventful minutes in midfield before being subbed in the 67th minute for Wambach.
3 Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash) 73/35
Didn’t threaten on Sweden’s end and lucky not to be called for handball in U.S. penalty area in 23rd minute. Shot high in 66th minute and 70th minute.
4 Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City) 124/2
Replaced midfielder Brian in 58th minute and moved up front with Leroux, then moved into midfield when Morgan came on. Didn’t make an impact in either position.
4 Abby Wambach (unattached) 244/182
Replaced Press in 67th minute. Diving header saved in the 72nd minute.
nr Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC) 86/51
Replaced Leroux in 78th minute. Beaten off the ball by Fischer in 83rd seemed show she’s not close to full fitness.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
June 12 in Winnipeg
USA 0 Sweden 0.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian (Rodriguez 56), Holiday, Lloyd, Rapinoe; Press (Wambach 67), Leroux (Morgan 78).
Sweden -- Lindahl; Rubensson, Ilestedt, Fischer, Samuelsson; Jakobsson, Dahlkvist, Seger, Nilsson (Sembrant 70); Sjogran (Appelqvist 75), Schelin.
Referee: Sachiko Yamagashi (Japan)
TRIVIA: The USA was shut out for the first time in a Women’s World Cup since falling, 4-0, to Brazil in the 2007 semifinal.