USA Player Ratings
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC) 175/0
Another game in which most of her work entailed taking goal kicks. Punched out a 69th-minute corner kick that looked like an easy catch.
6 Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit) 71/1
Right back served as an extra midfielder for high-pressuring USA and won all her defensive battles. Pinged a 22-yard shot off the crossbar.
8 Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars) 17/3
Central defender won balls in both halves of the field and hit nice mid-range passes. In first half, had a shot cleared off the goal line and headed a corner kick just high. Assisted on Lloyd’s goal.
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 86/0
Easily stifled China’s tame attackers and did well with the ball at her feet.
6 Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash)
Left back moved forward frequently and almost always hit the smart, accurate pass.
6 Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC) 62/0
Commanded the right flank with support from Krieger.
Brian (Houston Dash) 33/4
Served as a good central midfield deputy to Lloyd. Won balls in midfield and blocked a rare China shot in first half.
7 Carli Lloyd (Houston
Orchestrated much more than in previous games, penetrated deeper in opponent’s territory, and scored gamewinner with excellent header. Still prone to turnovers.
5 Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC) 96/11
Toiled on the left flank without breaking through the Chinese defense.
4 Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City)
Badly shanked a golden early chance while one-on-one with keeper. But high-energy performance suited USA’s high-pressure tactics.
4 Alex Morgan (Portland
Thorns FC) 89/52
First shot from 18 was too weak, second shot from close range blocked by defender. Looked a step slow during futile attempts to beat Chinese defenders.
6 Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) 49/21
Replaced O’Hara, who suffered a bloody nose, in 61st minute. Set up Rodriguez with a crisp pass in penalty area. Shot wide on a closer shot in the 89th minute.
NR Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City) 221/41
The 81st-minute sub flew down the flank late in game to help keep China pinned down.
NR Abby Wambach (unattached) 245/183
Entered with four minutes left.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
June 26 in Ottawa
USA 1 China 0. Goal: Lloyd 51.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, O’Hara (Press, 61); Brian, Lloyd, Heath; Rodriguez (Wambach, 86), Morgan (O’Reilly, 81).
China -- Wang Fei; Wu, Li Dongna, Liu, Wang Shanshan; Tan Ruyin (Pang, 58), Ren, Wang Lisi , Han (Tang, 74); Zhao, Lou (Wang Shuang, 35).
Yellow Card: China -- Wu 50.
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy).
TRIVIA: The USA continued its streak of never losing a Women’s World Cup game in which it has scored the first goal. At this World Cup, it has gone 423 minutes -- since its opening 3-1 win over Australia -- without conceding a goal.