USA-China Women's World Cup Player Ratings

June 26 in Ottawa
USA 1 China 0. Goal: Lloyd 51.
Att.: 24,141.
A headed goal by Carli Lloyd was all the USA needed to defeat a timid China, 1-0, to continue its streak of advancing to the final four of every Women's World Cup since the quadrennial tournament's inception in 1991. Germany awaits the Americans in the semifinals.

USA Player Ratings
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.

7 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) 39/2
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.

6 Morgan 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 Dash) 200/65
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) 125/29
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).
Att.: 24,141.

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.

29 comments about "USA-China Women's World Cup Player Ratings ".
  1. Santiago 1314, June 26, 2015 at 10:31 p.m.

    Alex Morgan (3)… The Princess and the Pea…Seemed Uncomfortable and Out of Sync the whole Game…Refuses to High Press with Rodriguez

    Amy Rodriguez (9)on Defense…(0)on Offense…Awesome Tempo Setter.. Single Handedly Lead the USA High Press…So many Turn-Overs on Offense,,,AND that Missed 1v1 in Minute 2…Team had to work the Whole 90 minutes because of that Miss…

    Morgan Brian (9) Did Exquisite job of Holding Midfield…Always in Right Spot..Always the Right Pace on the Pass… Zero, or Few Turn-Overs… Very Calming Presence..Way Beyond her Years.. Won’t be enough against Germany… She’ll get Man-Handled...

    Carli Lloyd Jekyl(8)-Hyde(2)…Typical Flakey Play… Moments of Brilliance, Followed by Turn-Overs and Stupid Fouls

  2. Santiago 1314, June 26, 2015 at 10:32 p.m.

    Kelly O’Hara (2) …O’WhoRa ??? Where did she come from??? To Start a Quarter-Final World Cup Game!?!?...So many Turn-Overs, Didn’t Press with the Rest of the Team…
    ***Tobin Heath (-? ) Is it Fair to Rate the Spastic??? Spins around in Circles,,, Puts her Head down and Dribble into 4 Players…Yet, she is so Quick that she Gets away with it…Couldn’t Combine on Purpose, if her Life Depended on it…You ask why the Yellow Socks??? So that Tobin, doesn’t have to get her Head Up to Pass…
    ***Meghan Klingenberg (NR).. Not Called on to do anything and did not go on attacks, like she did in Previous Games…Saving it up for the Germans..
    ***Ali Kreiger (6) Started out nicely, with attacking runs and crosses…Decided to Pack it in, and Rest for Germany, about 30 minutes into 1st Half…

  3. Santiago 1314, June 26, 2015 at 10:33 p.m.

    Julie Johnston (8) When the team started to drag during 1st half, she stepped in to smother China…She is so Omni-Present and Inspiring/Commanding on the Field…We haven’t had a Center Back with her Impact Abilities since Michelle Akers played back there…I am sure she could take the ball and go 90 yards,(ala Beckenbaur/Brooks)...
    ***Becky Sauerbrunn (7) She is starting to think like Johnston…I have not liked her in the Past, but she is Monkey-see, Monkey do..When she was Paired with, Stay at Home Rampone, She did that… Now that she is Paired with Dynamic Johnston, she is Trying to Mimic her…Dribbling Up, Spinning around, Switching Play…Nice Stuff

  4. Santiago 1314, June 26, 2015 at 10:35 p.m.

    Hope Solo (NR) Seriously,??? It’s a Disservice to Rate her…She must have had to take No-Doze to stay awake…
    ***Press (NR...
    ***O’Reilly (NR) At Least, like a REC Team, everyone got to Play…How Patronizing by Coach Jill…
    ******Abby Wambach (10) “First Ten minutes we get a “F”ing Goal”…Now that’s a Captain!!!..Didn’t even Touch a Ball, and her WILL and PRESENCE Pushed her team forward…

  5. Santiago 1314, June 26, 2015 at 10:41 p.m.

    I was SO Disgusted...Any Questions???...We Suck... One Goal versus a Crappy Chinese Team... I Called it Right...(And France, should have won 3-2)...***Santiago 1314 commented on: June 24, 2015 at 10:01 p.m...***Now is When the Fun Begins...Predictions; ???... Ger(2)-France(3)...USA(1)-China(0)...Canada(1)-England(0)...Australia(1)-Japan(0) ... ***6-26-15,,,JUST WIN BABY, WIN !!!

  6. William Anderson, June 27, 2015 at 8:48 a.m.

    We were better against the worst team we've played so far at the tournament. China were organized and efficient with what they had, which wasn't much. So? We'll have to be much better again to have a chance against Germany. We will not be able to have the time on the ball we had against China. We will not be able to boss the game against Germany. We have reached the end of our tournament.

  7. William Anderson, June 27, 2015 at 8:50 a.m.

    The Bigger Question? Will Jill Ellis start this more progressive lineup again or will she go throw-back with Wambach and Rapinoe? My bet is we go back to the lineup that produced some of the worst looking soccer in USWNT history during the group stages. Ellis believes the only way to win is to lump the ball up to Wambach and let her head home the win. News Flash: Germany won't allow Wambach a sniff.

  8. Charles Stamos, June 27, 2015 at 10:43 a.m.

    Solo gets a five - not her fault she had an easy game - Johnston was the star of the night, she was strong, aggressive and creative - Lloyd had the best midfield game, overpowering the weaker Chinese - Rodriguez was the best attacker, hustling to create opportunities, she made a poor choice on her big chance in front of the goal - nice choices by Ellis on the lineup changes, all three contributed to the win. Overall, the USA won by playing superior defense and just enough offense.

  9. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

    I don't see Abby Starting any more games...No way she can Last 120 minutes... I do think we will need her for Penalties... She is our #1 All Time Scorer, Correct???

  10. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 11 a.m.

    Let Rodriguez run the Piss out of #5... She is the Weakest, Slowest, Clumsiest Defender I have ever seen at this level...Then bring Abby in(65) to Over Power her...

  11. Charles Stamos, June 27, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.

    Press has a lot of creativity and is not afraid to attack from midfield and should be played before Abby, even though she's slotted at midfield. Morgan and Rodriguez and Leroux are more valuable up front at this time, and their speed makes them more dangerous. Nice to have choices up front to debate.

  12. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 11:39 a.m.

    Get Ready for A Ugly Slug Fest...Should work to our Favor... The M) oRe Di $Ja Oint teded, the Better...Gonna be Just like 1944....Beat Down those Hedge Rows and Knock out those Panzerinas!!!! USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!!

  13. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 11:46 a.m.

    @Chris,... I like, I think she has a future , with a more skillful USA team. But, she is not ready for the meat grinder that is Germany.

  14. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.

    If Boxx can't start and play at least 60 minutes, we are in deep doodoo... Morgan Brian, is another light weight, that if she starts we will get manhandled in the midfield... Bring Brian in for Boxx in the second half

  15. John Soares, June 27, 2015 at 12:49 p.m.

    Is it not unfair to rate Solo so low because she was inactive!??
    Also thought Rodriguez did a (surprisingly) good job, great energy. If one miss is all it takes for a bad rating.... Ronaldo is in deep doodoo:) Still can't get it in the net!? WHY??? At least they team seemed to be in control for the most part.

  16. Daniel Clifton, June 27, 2015 at 1:17 p.m.

    Until yesterday I have never been a fan of Amy Rodriguez. She had that flub at the beginning of the game, but she was inspiring after that. Her energy just translated to the rest of the team. As Santiago pointed out the high pressure real took a toll of China. At one point in the first half it seemed like the ball was in China's end of the field for about ten minutes. Alex Morgan does not look like she is 100%. She looked off her game yesterday. I also don't think she is in top shape yet. Johnston was again a force to be reckoned with. I agree that Sauerbrun appears to be mimicking Johnston, which is a good thing. This was a much more fun game to watch. The US kept the ball on the ground for the most part and moved it around with some real confidence. I hope Ellis does not go back to Wambach. Then we will get to see more balls in the air I am sure. Will the US keep the high pressure tactics against Germany? I hope so. I am looking forward to watching this game. It is going to be interesting.

  17. Ric Fonseca, June 27, 2015 at 1:27 p.m.

    First, hay carajo, Santiago 1314, que te pasa, chavo? Porque te pones y eres tan negativo? As for Morgan and Rodriguez getting a 4 rating, I feel it is really poor evaluating, even though Rodriguez did blow an early chance to score, and BTW, did anyone catch that half time commentary by one of the four "analysts< that called Amy an idiot (or was it stupid?) when she missed that early goal chance? Not cool. Thogu Morgan and ARod did creat more problems for the Chinese team "parked the bus" syndrome that Lalas mentioned at half time,I was rather pleased at the energy demonstrated by these two and others. Remember, the opponents keyed on Morgan, and did stymie ARod. So while we did get the "W", let's give some or a little credit to the Chinese for their defensive plan. As for Ms. Wambach, wow she did show her "lightning" speed when she went in... I say this with tongue-in-cheek, of course! Lastly, methinks we'll see a good game vs Germany, and like a very good friend of mine said to me a couple of weeks ago, the US "will kick ass!"

  18. Carl Hudson, June 27, 2015 at 7:39 p.m.

    Santiago, you blab too much, without a clue as to what you are blabbing about.

    If you are talking about defensive back Number 5 for Germany, Krahn, she was just about their best player, a superb header, and outstanding at getting the ball downfield. She was player of the game.

  19. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 10:56 p.m.

    @Carl,... If she was so fantastic, why did the French set a Trap for her... They Funneled all the German attacks to start through her... That was why Germany had Such a tough time... She can't create.. got striped of the ball or turned it over under pressure...Rodriquez will have her for lunch. .Go back and watch the Tape.. then Blah, blah, blah

  20. Santiago 1314, June 27, 2015 at 11:07 p.m.

    p.s...@Carl.. Your Germany Sucked... They Should have lost to France...Big Questions and Doubts being raised about Der Panzerinas.???

  21. Ric Fonseca, June 28, 2015 at 3:26 a.m.

    OK Santiago, CARAJO CHAVITO, YA ESTUVO SUAVE!!! Enough with the negativism - even though it is your right to spout off nonsense, but please lay off the jingoistic name calling!

  22. Santiago 1314, June 28, 2015 at 8:26 a.m.

    @Ric,...Name Calling ??? Negativism ??? Jingoistic ??? 10:27 on 27th...Your the one that said "As for Ms. Wambach, wow she did show her "lightning" speed when she went in... I say this with tongue-in-cheek," AND "the US "will kick ass!"... hummm, just Saying. "Those that live in Glass Houses, Shouldn't throw stones"

  23. Santiago 1314, June 28, 2015 at 8:34 a.m.

    @Carl Hudson...PLAYER OF THE MATCH...According to the Official FIFA Match Report??? GOALKEEPER..ANGERER...Now WHO, Doesnt know what their Talking about??? YOU MAYBE!!! So get your facts straight before you Blah, Blah, Blah !!!

  24. Santiago 1314, June 28, 2015 at 8:47 a.m.

    @ mi Amigo Ric,...Estamos mas Enacuerdo, k en Contra...I want sure you saw this post from other Thread, so I moved it here... ***Santiago 1314 commented on: June 27, 2015 at 6:38 p.m.@William,... Not Over, if they get the players together and play that Pre-Game Intro piece and The Nike commercial for them..Made me want to get the Boots out of Mothballs, Lace em Up and go Kick some A $$...See Germans can't be that Out Right Belligerant and Extrovert... People will accuse them of being Nazis...We On the Other hand, are the "Ugly Jingoistic Americans"... And we Don't give a Shhhh... Wind em up and Kic A $$... Sad we have to do it that way, but it's the World Cup... JUST WIN BABY, WIN!!!

  25. James Madison, June 28, 2015 at 6:53 p.m.

    If Ellis starts the same lineup against Germany as against China, except for Rapinoe for Heath and Press for Rodriguez, we might have a slim chance.

  26. Santiago 1314, June 28, 2015 at 11:18 p.m.

    I say Heath over O'hara...Rodriguez over Press... Press is a Light Weight.. she will get manhandled by Germans

  27. Raymond Weigand, June 29, 2015 at 1:54 p.m.

    I also like Heath - tons! Tobin plays with vision and understands the difference between decoy and deceptive. Best of all - her approach is a simple one that is making the team the star of the show. I am also confused by the transition, however, I think my confusion is I cannot figure out who has the role of the target player? ... or where is the target space? I see Alex make some great one touch passes, however, it seems the rest of the team is caught completely by surprise. Rodriguez would run her teammates into the ground - hence, I think it should be AM as the target - and the service should be on the ground and as soon as the ball is heading toward her - the entire midfield should be anticipating the layoff and the follow on to Rodriguez and voila ... 6 goals ... simple. 7 if Tobin was to showcase her ability to decoy the target and send one in that freezes the GK. hah

  28. Santiago 1314, June 29, 2015 at 4:44 p.m.

    @Raymond,...I like Heath's Technical Quickness and Skill... But she can't get her Head up to Combine with anyone... That's why we are Wearing those Damn Yellow Socks. .. So she can find Our Players without having to lift her Head

  29. James e Chandler, June 29, 2015 at 7:43 p.m.

    Yeah, what is it with those yellow socks? Last time I checked, yellow wasn't even a quaternary color for the U.S.

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