USA-Colombia Women's World Cup Player Ratings

June 22 in Edmonton
USA 2 Colombia 0. Goals: Morgan 53, Lloyd pen. 66.
Att.: 19,412.
The USA advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Colombia, which stifled the heavily favored Americans until Catalina Perez, its keeper from the University of Miami, was red-carded in the 47th minute. Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the tournament in the 53rd minute and Carli Lloyd buried a 66th-minute penalty kick.

USA Player Ratings
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) 38/2
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) 95/11
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.

5 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).
Att.: 19,412.

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.

30 comments about "USA-Colombia Women's World Cup Player Ratings".
  1. Santiago 1314, June 22, 2015 at 11:36 p.m.

    Awesome, Wonderful, Way to Play, Que Toque, Que Classe!!! What a Display of Skill and Technique!!.. Oops, I'm Talking about Colombia... USA???..How Embarrasing, Terrible, Disgusting, Disjointed Ridiculus High School Soccer...Actually, I've seen better High School Teams, Even On TURF...We Suck,!!! BUT; JUST WIN BABY, WIN...I Told you all...We can't play...But, We are THE USA!!! The Greatest Country the World has ever seen, The Greatest Women's Soccer Teams EVER...And this "American Exceptionalism" "Never say Die" attitude is worth ONE Goal a game...And if the Defense will hold up, We will WIN this Ugliest of Women's World Cups EVER...We are the U.S. of "F"ing America and WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN!!!!!

  2. Santiago 1314, June 22, 2015 at 11:54 p.m.

     Santiago 1314 commented on: June 22, 2015 at 10:49 a.m...Tony D. Is Correcta Mundo On this one...Even Brazil couldn't overcome The Turf Differential... None of these "Technical Teams" will be able to Overcome that (all be It Miniscule) Difference In Speed and Bounce that Turf creates...Fact is; There is just not enough "TWITCHability" to Compensate...Fact is; We are bound to see even Uglier Futbol, as Speed and Athleticism; Will be the Determining factor on This Women's WTF (World TURF Futbol)...THEN, get ready for the FIFA Analysis...TURF is SOOooooo Wonderful, that We are going to play Qatar 2022 On it !!!!...Then you will understand Why they forced the Women to play in it.!?!?!..."If the Women can play on it, Then why not the Men???"... Beautiful Air Conditioned Stadiums with brand Spanking New AstroTurf...Follow the Money... Who is Paying Off WHO, to push AstroTurf???

  3. stewart hayes, June 23, 2015 at 12:12 a.m.

    The team is what it is. At this point all the sarcasm doesn't make a bit of difference. Coaches say the path to winning is technique, tactics and fitness; neither one is supreme. Where one is deficient another has to compensate. The team is not creative enough or capable of repeatedly breaking down a defense for many reasons. Nevertheless, we have depth and superb athletes who have high technical, tactical and psychological qualities. I would not count them out as we lurch forward. They still may take it all in spite of everything they lack. Victories have not come easily and tensions are building in the team. I hope they have the will to hold it together. This is what interests me going forward.

  4. James e Chandler, June 23, 2015 at 12:17 a.m.

    Just whose decision was it to let Wambach take a penalty? At least they let someone else, anyone else, take the second one.

    It's a sad statement when the supposed shoo-in for the semis can't score but twice, one on a penalty against a side short-handed for nearly an entire half.

    I thought the U.S. had taken a step beyond "ugly American soccer".

    Guess not.

  5. James Madison, June 23, 2015 at 12:28 a.m.

    For the second match in a row the US was not skilled enough to exploit a player advantage. Fortunately,fortune is said to smile upon the brave, because the US did look brave, even if sloppy. If the US can struggle past China, it will appreciate the rest FIFA has given Rapinoe. She looked worn out. On the other hand, the only reason Holiday will be missed is that there really isn't anyone on the bench to replace her---unless someone can replace Julie Johnston at center back so she can be moved up. By the bye, how did Holiday earn her caution? Dissent? The foul looked routine.

  6. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 12:29 a.m.

    @Scott,..."High Technical, Tactical, and Psychological Qualities"???... What game were you watching???...Oh Well, ONE out of 3 ain't Bad... "American Exceptionalism"...That Psyhcological Donination is ALL We have...And it may be enough to win this TURF WAR versus Germany..

  7. Karl Schreiber, June 23, 2015 at 12:31 a.m.

    My thoughts:

    a. Glad we won!
    b. We played a mediocre game. Too much kick and rush. Midfield play and build-up is worse than in the past. Why?! Finishing in front of goal needs to improve.
    c. I question the wisdom of the referee committee appointing a (pretty weak) French referee to this game (France was beaten by Columbia in group play).
    d. Columbia is fun to watch unless they are playing against one’s favorite team. For my taste, the players let themselves fall to the ground too easily and too often.
    e. Would somebody at Fox please teach DiChicco how to properly color-comment?!
    f. I like Stewart Hayes comment.

  8. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 12:35 a.m.

    @ James,...Brave indeed we are!!!... My question is; Why take out the Yellow Carded Players, when you know they will rest the Next Game... Should have Rested Lloyd and Heath...Poor Coaching!!!!

  9. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 12:37 a.m.

    Oops I meant @ Stewart..

  10. Ric Fonseca, June 23, 2015 at 2:42 a.m.

    Hola Santiago 1314, oye que tienes tu contra nuestro equipo del USA? Parece que tienes muchos recelos al mismo tiempo que te sientes como el rey del mundo del futbol. Orale, quitate esos anteojos oscuros, y comprate algo de como analizar los juegos, si no, pues porque no apoyas a nuestro equipo? Oye, y mira, chavo, no me refiero a los Cafeteros, que en si jugaron mejor en la media que nuestro equipo, pero les falto un poco de tactica y corazon para ganarle a nuestras "Gruinguitas." Vamos, vamos USA!

  11. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 6:17 a.m.

    @Ric,.. No estoy en contra de Nuestra Equipo...Estoy muy Triste... Enfadado y Decepcionado con la mala Nivel de Nuestra Querida USA...Disculpame...Forgive me if I haven't been clear...We Are the USA...We Don't have the Players on this Team to Overcome the TURF...But we do have the Advantage of "Don't Tread On Me" and "GOD, Bless America, Land that I Love"...We are Feared..We Never Quit and We Never say "Die"...But, it's Sad that our Technical and Tactical Level is so Terrible

  12. Gus Keri, June 23, 2015 at 8:52 a.m.

    It was apparent from the beginning that Rapenoe and Holiday were going very physical with the Colombians. I guess Jill told them to do so to scare the Colombians and if they get yellow cards, not to worry. I believe she was already planning to rest them in the next game to have them ready for the semi with clean slate. Second, The USA is playing defensive style soccer because Jill is a defensive coach. She even let the assistant coaches deal with the offensive training. That is what she said. So, guys, get used to it. Don't dream about an open offensive soccer from this team. Let's hope that "defense wins championship" mantra works today. Third, apparently also, Jill is very sentimental coach. Playing Chalupny and, before that, Boxx and Rampone when she is one-man (or one-woman) up suggests she is not after big results. She just want her old timers to see some action when suitable and not endangering the team chances of winning. Fourth, replacing Rapenoe and Holiday makes perfect sense. Jill doesn't want them to get another yellow card and also to give their replacement some time to play in their positions in preparation for next game. fifth, it makes sense also to let Wambach take the first PK. She is our leading scorer and it was very unfortunate that she didn't score to tie Marta's record which was probably on Wambach's mind at that moment. and it makes perfect sense also to give the second PK to another player. finally, Go USA, no matter what style they prefer to play. It's too late to make any changes. and I really wish if the commentators on Fox sports stop second guessing and giving advise to Jill on what to do.

  13. Garrett Isacco, June 23, 2015 at 8:55 a.m.

    Another great defensive effort, 1 goal in 4 games. Offense still not where we want it to be, and will have to be better against China and Germany/France. Andrade for all her dumb comments had no impact on this match.

  14. Daniel Clifton, June 23, 2015 at 9:31 a.m.

    I thought the two yellow cards were soft to say the least. In the first half there were almost no passes in the final third that lead to scoring chances. In the second half it got a little better. The two passes that sprung Rapinoe and the pass that lead to Morgan's goal. On the bright side the defense is playing extremely well. One goal allowed in four games is impressive. Solo has almost nothing to do in the back.

  15. William Anderson, June 23, 2015 at 10:11 a.m.

    We are just not very good. Defense will win Championships if and when the other team decides to make a mistake (see Colombian GK). My guess is that Germany or France will not be willing to make those mistakes.

  16. Charles Stamos, June 23, 2015 at 11:01 a.m.

    The Columbianos played the victim card, by going down at the slightest contact. The yellow cards could have been kept in the pocket, but look at the red/PK. There was a defender in the area, and the foul occurred right on the PA line. The ref could have called a DFK and yellow carded Perez. Though, I don't think the result would have been any different. The USA was the better team. Only a few Col players were impressive, and the USA did what was needed to win. Getting 2 yellow cards was fitting. The defense was solid. The offense sufferred at times from lack of creativity, switching the field, and exploiting the Col weaknesses. The last ten minutes, the USA was far fitter. Not a great USA game, not a bad Columbia effort.

  17. Mike Jacome, June 23, 2015 at 11:03 a.m.

    Hope Solo 5!!! If the keeper was barely required by the opponent then give her a NR (Not rated grade) Why FIVE? the only two insignificant shots she had to deal with were managed inmaculately... Do I detect more anti-Hope Solo bias?

  18. Mike Jacome, June 23, 2015 at 11:14 a.m.

    William Anderson...I agree with you about Germany, I think they are the favorites for the tournament, because of what they have shown thus far. But, France not so sure...This unimpressive Colombian team defeated them 2-0, the US even showing the same poor level could theoretically do the same.

  19. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 11:44 a.m.

    @Mike,...I like your thinking... Why even bother Rating Hope... N/R would be more appropriate for these last couple games. .

  20. Santiago 1314, June 23, 2015 at 12:46 p.m.

    @Gus,... Except my Bad, (I think i mentioned that they took out Holiday)..Coach Ellis Didn't Sub Out Holiday,.. So why did she take out Rapinoe(Press 75th)??? I agree she was trying to get Oldy, Chalupny in, But Krieger didn't need the Rest...Klingeberger could have moved up to Outside Mid... Like when Rampone came in last game. .

  21. Steve Brown, June 23, 2015 at 2:01 p.m.

    I don't understand why Heather O'Reilly isn't getting any playing time. She can be to the US team what Andres Iniesta is to the Spanish MNT. A really smart player.
    We need to go to 4-3-3 formation, too.

  22. Chris Sapien , June 23, 2015 at 2:02 p.m.

    @Charles, For that not to have been a straight red for DOGSO on the Colombian Keeper, you would need a second defender (not counting the GK) with the ability to make a play on the ball, and the foul was directly over the Penalty Area line which IS part of the Penalty Area! Rapinoe's foul was reckless due to the lack of body control, but in her defense, the Colombian had lunged forward putting herself off balance. Holiday's was both short on contact and was enhanced by the Colombian trying to avoid the tackle and what looked like probable knee to knee potential. Caution was not needed IMO.

  23. Raymond Weigand, June 23, 2015 at 2:33 p.m.

    Shouldn't the ratings be more on the low side for the offense and midfield? We were up a man for the 2nd half and showed little for the advantage. The defenders did well and I would lump the GK with the defenders if she isn't being tested. Also, let's not forget this was the 3rd string GK in the 2nd half that let the near post strike to bounce off her wrist. And let's not forget the game was nil-nil at half. If we have to win by PK - while up a man - then we win - but let's not be too generous about it.

  24. andrew knutson, June 24, 2015 at 1:42 a.m.

    julie johnston remains the us mvp? am i the only one who thinks her offense is a disaster? saurbrunn is wildly more effective. johnston almost always passes to feet when there is no pressure on her. but, whenever there is pressure she either passes backward or just kicks it and hopes. usually her hopes are unfounded and the U.S. loses possession.

    yes, she had a good flick on against columbia on a set piece and made one pass to feet when under pressure, but the running joke in our living room that every time she touches the ball we likely won't have it anymore.

    in my opinion rapinoe actually is creating chances and maintaining possession while attacking on the flank. she is by far more effective than johnston. but all i hear from the announcers is johnston this and johnston that. is anyone watching saurebrunn? she is playing great and not a word from the the commentators.

    if you actually took statistics of johnston when there is any pressure whatsoever i bet you will see that johnston is far from the mvp. i love johnston's hard work and tenacity and she is great in the air, but she has yet to be really effective at all in any other facet. i would like to see her replaced, but she is the flavor of the week and all the rage right now. i hope she will play better later in the tournament, but i'm not sure what all the fuss is about. i think she is 11th best on the field each game so far.

  25. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2015 at 9:56 a.m.

    @Andrew, ... Sorry, Got to Disagree with you...Rapinoe could be number #1, Ok.. But Johnston has had the Most to do in Stifling and Breaking Down the Opponents attacks...Granted her Building the Attack could be Better...But how much of that had to do with the Coaches Tactics and Weak Midfield...She really showed her Capabilities, when she took off on that Long Dribble versus Colombia...I would like to see more of this "Beckenbaur" play from her and Brooks on the Men's Team (He scored one like that in one of the last games)....Sauerbrunn, Is a Cookie Cutter Player...Dime a Dozen, Central Defender... She is doing a Good Job, as Stay at home, Central Slug...But that's it...

  26. Santiago 1314, June 24, 2015 at 10:04 a.m.

    @Steve,.. Heather has always been so Spastic in her Play... Dribble into 3 People, Dribble out of Bounds..etc.etc.. But our Team right now, is so Spastic, It can't hurt to try her at Rt Wing...

  27. Chance Hall, June 24, 2015 at 11:20 a.m.

    Sorry Andrew, have to also disagree with you on Johnston. She has been one of the few bright spots on the US team. She has brought energy, effort, and determination into the games. She has battled for and taken the ball away from some of the best and more experienced players. She has played the way the US women became famous for in the past. She plays with heart, which sadly is what's missing from the US game - so far. Maybe we'll see a change in the game against China. Maybe JE will finally see she needs new (young?) blood in the midfield. And maybe there is a time to go to a 4-3-3, like when you have the right players on the field, and the other team is down to 10 players... Go USA, you can do it!!!

  28. Charles Stamos, June 24, 2015 at 2:47 p.m.

    @Chris - I agree with you on the two yellows, also the red and PK was the right call; I have seen a foul committed on the PA line pulled outside and there was a defender just behind the play. I'm glad that the red made that call. I would say she should get further games.

  29. Chris Sapien , June 24, 2015 at 5:54 p.m.

    Can't disagree that the ref could very well be given another assignment if not for her courage alone. (makes me laugh to say that). But, since you may not have checked, the required second defender within playing distance (NOT including the GK) is at least 10 yards away and trailing, so straight red for dogso. Good discussion either way. Part of Law 12 addressing DOGSO requirement:
    12.D.6-• Number of Defenders – no more than one defender (not counting the defender
    who committed the foul) between the foul and the goal being attacked. The
    judgment here involves determining if a defender, who may be closer to the goal
    line than the location of the foul, is nevertheless unable to provide any effective
    defense, and should therefore not be counted in this factor. (Funny, how some might still think this could ever be an easy call to make, likely running full speed after a long pass or counter, and yes I have also seen it be pulled back out of the PA, and one can only conclude the ref didn't want to be saddled with the decision right or wrong) Later.

  30. andrew knutson, June 28, 2015 at 12:45 p.m.

    just watched usa-china and johnston was pretty stellar. passes to midfield and forwards feet as well as dangerous passes to the back of china's defense repeatedly. once for the goal.

    she does play with passion and toughness, which i agree has been missing from our play this world cup, and against china she was really effective offensively as well.

    i like her determination and hard work. i just hope her offensive play keeps at this high level.

    the team looked great against china. finally!

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