USA Player Ratings
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC) 174/0
Only saves required were two late-game long-distance shots right to her.
6 Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit) 70/1
Kept the skillful winger Lady Andrade from getting inside and assisted on Alex Morgan’s goal.
6 Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars) 16/3
Central defender remains USA’s MVP so far as she led a defense that conceded zero scoring chances to the Colombians.
6 Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 85/0
Johnston’s partner helped keep playmaker Yoreli Rincon from penetrating and center forward Ingrid Vidal from getting the ball.
6 Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash)
Left back delivered the pass to Megan Rapinoe on the play that led to the penalty kick that Carli Lloyd converted.
4 Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC)
Her fourth-minute shot that Perez saved with her finger tips was most impressive U.S. first-half effort. But wide midfielder was ineffective down the wing.
Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City) 128/23
Lobbed a ball from the corner that created Morgan’s saved header in the 28th minute but also continued frustrating habit of hitting inaccurate midfield passes. Got her second yellow of the tourney and will miss quarterfinal.
5 Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) 199/64
Converted penalty kick to seal win. Slaloming through a pair of Colombian players before hitting a long-distance 74th-minute shot that required a diving save was a rare example of what central midfielder is expected to do much more often.
6 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC) 106/31
Hit a perfect pass to Morgan that resulted in the Colombian goalkeeper's red card for fouling Morgan. Drew the penalty kick that Lloyd scored. Got her second yellow of the tourney and will miss quarterfinal.
3 Abby Wambach (unattached) 246/183
Caught offside when she pounced on the rebound from Heath’s fourth-minute shot. Hit a sharp volley in the 14th minute down the center for Perez to bat away. Missed penalty kick wide left as Stefany Castano, Perez's replacement in goal, flew to the right.
7 Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC) 88/52
In first half, set up Heath’s fourth-minute shot and forced a save with a header that bounced off the turf. In the second, drew the foul that got Colombia’s keeper red-carded and opened the scoring with a shot powerful enough to beat Castano at the near post.
4 Morgan Brian (Houston Dash) 32/4
Replaced Wambach in the 69th minute and coughed up the ball too often.
NR Christen Press
(Chicago Red Stars) 48/21
Sprayed some decent passes in midfield but hit cross to keeper in her best chance to create a scoring opportunity in her 15-minute appearance.
NR Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars) 103/10
Lost ball a couple times after replacing Krieger in the 81st minute.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
June 22 in Edmonton
USA 2 Colombia 0. Goals: Morgan 53, Lloyd pen. 66.
USA -- Solo; Krieger (Chalupny, 81), Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg; Rapinoe (Press, 75), Lloyd, Heath; Holiday, Wambach (Brian, 69), Morgan.
Colombia -- Perez; C.Arias, N.Arias, Clavijo, Velasquez, Montoya (Santos, 85), Gaitan, Ospina, Rincon (Usme, 72); Andrade, Vidal (Castano, 49).
Yellow Cards: USA -- Holiday 17, Rapinoe 41; Colombia -- Clavijo 65.
Red Card: Colombia -- Perez 47.
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (France).
TRIVIA: The game marked the second straight in which the USA's opponent played short-handed. In its 1-0 win over Nigeria in the final group game, the USA had a one-player advantage for the final 21 minutes.