USA-Japan Women's World Cup Player Ratings

July 5 in Vancouver
USA 5 Japan 2. Goals: Lloyd 3, 5, 16, Holiday 14, Heath 54; Ogimi 27, own goal 52.
Att.: 53,341.
The USA beat Japan, 5-2, in the 2015 Women's World Cup final, which featured the most impressive start to a game in the tournament's history -- two U.S. goals in the first five minutes -- and a Carli Lloyd hat trick that included a golazo from the halfway line.

USA Player Ratings
5 Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC) 177/0
On both Japan goals, got a hand on the ball but failed to block it. Punched away three threatening high balls in second half.

7 Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit) 73/1
The right back helped keep Aya Miyama at bay and frequently surged forward behind Heath.

4 Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars) 18/3
Beaten by Yuki Ogimi on the turn on first goal. Scored own goal with mistimed header. On the plus side, she flicked on the free kick that led to Lloyd’s second goal.

7 Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 88/0
Central defender won high and low balls. Slid to deny Japan a 74th-minute chance.

8 Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash) 41/2
Left back’s composure on the ball and smart passing was a key part of the USA’s buildup play.

8 Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC) 98/11
Was fouled on her first foray down right wing for free kick that led to the 2-0. Sent in the cross that led to Holiday’s 3-0 goal. Coolly finished with a crisp seven-yard shot to make it 5-2.

8 Morgan Brian (Houston Dash) 35/4
Constantly disrupted the Japanese midfield. Passed well after she won balls. Assisted on Heath’s goal.

10 Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash) 202/69
Super performance began with her 3rd-minute goal and she made it 2-0 two minutes later with another first-touch shot in which she darted into scoring position. Completed hat trick with stunning chip from the halfway line. Carried the ball from own half with swift runs into Japanese territory in second half.

7 Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City) 130/24
Her free kick from the flank set up Lloyd’s second goal. Pounced on errant clearance to volley home the 3-0 goal. Also struck the corner kick that started fifth-goal sequence.

7 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC) 108/31
Her clever corner kick -- low and sharp when Japanese expected a high ball -- set up Lloyd’s opening goal. A constant threat down on the left flank. 

6 Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC) 91/52
Twice set herself up for shots by juking past two defenders. On the first her shot was too weak and on the second, it went wide. But despite not scoring, she helped the USA penetrate Japanese defense frequently.

5 Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC) 64/1
Came on for Rapinoe in the 61st minute.

NR Abby Wambach (unattached) 247/183
Foul by Homare Sawa denied her of a scoring chance shortly after replacing Heath in the 79th minute.

NR Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC) 308/4
Only holdover from 1999 World Cup-winning came on for cameo in 86th minute.

(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

July 5 in Vancouver
USA 5 Japan 2. Goals: Lloyd 3, 5, 16, Holiday 14, Heath 54; Ogimi 27, own goal 52.
USA -- Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Heath (Wambach, 79), Brian, Rapinoe (O'Hara, 61), Lloyd, Holiday; Morgan (Rampone, 86).
Japan -- Kaihori, Iwashimizu (Sawa, 33), Kumagai, Sameshima, Ariyoshi, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Kawasumi (Sugasawa, 39), Utsugi, Ohno (Iwabuchi, 60), Ogimi.
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
Att.: 53,341.

TRIVIA: Carli Lloyd’s hat trick was the USA’s third in Women’s World Cup history and first since the inaugural 1991 tournament, when Carin Jennings Gabarra scored three against Germany and Michelle Akers hit five against Chinese Taipei.

35 comments about "USA-Japan Women's World Cup Player Ratings ".
  1. John Bamford, July 5, 2015 at 10:26 p.m.

    Fantastic performance from the ladies, who proved against Germany and Japan that they were by far and away the best athletes at the tournament. Special kudos to:
    - Carli Lloyd, for not only a superb game but arguably the best goal in the history of US soccer
    - Megan Klingenberg, for being rock solid, technical and relatively unsung
    - Morgan Brian, for her poise and her intelligent passing, for transforming our midfield

    Congrats to Jill Ellis for organizing a superb defense and for finally changing her ways and playing three CMs. That was the key that unlocked the tourney.

  2. Ric Fonseca, July 5, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.

    In all my years, decades of watching both the of our M/WNTs, today's game was the ebst I've seen! And Carli Lloyd's goal from the halfway line reminds me of Paul Caligiuri's bomb that propelled the US to the World Cup! As for Mike W giving a 4 to Johnston for that mistake (I wonder what he would have given to the English player's own goal that gave the Japanese a win and propelled them into the final?) and for chiding her for giving the Japanese player so much space, you, Mike, failed to mention or even question, where were the other defenders, ball watching? And to give Hope Solo a 5??? Come on now, I know you can rate and rank better than this! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADIES IN THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE!!!

  3. Kent James, July 5, 2015 at 11:36 p.m.

    Okay, I've never seen a player given a 10, and the only reason Lloyd got a 10 was because that's as high as the scale goes. Two brilliant goals (and one scrappy one) in a WC final; could anyone ask for more? The US certainly peaked at the right time. Deserved world champions!

  4. Kent James, July 5, 2015 at 11:40 p.m.

    I forgot to mention that the team (and Ellis) deserve credit for their attitude; relentless and composed. It was clear from the outset that the US was not going to lose due to either lack of effort or mental errors. And given the early lead, it would have been easy for the team to relax and let the Japanese back into the game. And to Japan's credit, after being shell-shocked initially, they did start to play their game, and tried to work back in. But the US team remained determined to shut that door, and shut it they did. Well done.

  5. Allan Lindh, July 5, 2015 at 11:45 p.m.

    Giving Julie Johnston a 4 is absurd. This happens to all centerbacks, even the best. Challenge hard for a perfect ball in the box, and there is the chance it will go off you for an old goal. But you have to do it. She was one of the changes to"default" lineup won this WCm Julie Johnston on the back line, and the addition of Morgan Bryan and Tobin Heath to the midfield, to give Holliday defensive help, and free up Lloyd from distribution responsibilities, so that she could just run on goal. All three of those ladies get 8's for the tournament, without them US would not have even been in the final. And a 10 to Jill Ellis for the brass to make those changes. And a 10 to Carlie LLoyd and Abby Wombach for passing along the arm band. Maybe the best women's team ever, not that we'll ever really know.

  6. Chris Sapien , July 5, 2015 at 11:57 p.m.

    Say what you will all you PC ers, American Exceptionalism is alive, growing and unstoppable! Unapologetic and without restraint! Congrats to the Team, all will be measured against within our lifetimes!

  7. Bob Ashpole, July 6, 2015 at 12:55 a.m.

    Rarely do you see such a one-sided match between two quality teams in a final. Simply amazing. I have never seen anyone rated a 10 before, but I have never seen a performance like Carli Lloyd's before either. Words fail to describe her preformance. As for Julie Johnston's 4, its a little harsh. Getting beat by one of the world's best players doesn't mean a marker is playing poorly. Sometimes the ball bounces for you and sometimes against you. Her rating ought to reflect 90 minutes rather than a few seconds of the match. Hope Solo's 5 rating is different. She didn't make any mistakes, but 5 is an average rating and Hope had little to do. When a keeper is playing well, it looks easy.

  8. R2 Dad, July 6, 2015 at 1:37 a.m.

    Fairytale ending for Ellis and all the ladies of the USWNT. Not much drama for the neutral but a rousing sendoff for the older players who missed 1999. Enjoy the moment, ladies, and thanks for the memories. Now, about 2019. I'm OK with Ellis, but she should cut off the following excellent players since they will be too old to contribute in 2019: Solo, Rampone, Chalupny, Sauerbrunn, Krieger, O'Reilly, Lloyd, Boxx, Holiday, Rapinioe, Wambach, Barnhardt, Van Hollebeke, and Cox. Give them a big 2015 party, thank them for their service, and start to build the next generation of players like Sermanni tried to do before he ran afoul of all the princesses who were running the show. International football is a young person's game, and we shouldn't have old ladies on the squad for sentimental reasons. Or is it enough to have experience and continuity, even if we hadn't won this year? Look at Sawa--maybe she used to be special but now she's just two steps too slow and had to cynically hack Abby--who wants to remember her that way? Our youngest player is 22 There aren't any collegiate level or recent graduates that have some magic to contribute? It's there--US Soccer should do a better job recruiting it. I loved Abby 4 years ago but she couldn't really contribute this tournament on the pitch. If she scored and own goal, would we all remember her as the player she was or the player she ended up being? Same thing now with Rapinoe. Great tournament, but in 4 years time she won't be able to play at the speed required to do what she used to do.

  9. Mike Jacome, July 6, 2015 at 3:29 a.m.

    I'm so glad I was wrong, after the performance against Columbia I was feeling very pessimistic, I wasn't sure we had a world class team. I'm so relieved I was proofed wrong, the performance against Germany was great, I mean such a overwhelming team did not shine at all against as. We made them look average, and what to say about Japan, The US was the only team tonight on the field. Let's celebrate that third star.

  10. Daniel Clifton, July 6, 2015 at 8:18 a.m.

    What a great performance. I couldn't believe the opening corner kick played on the ground and seeing Lloyd streak to the ball. It was like a dream. And then again on the free kick where I can't remember if it was Heath or Holiday playing ball on he ground. The Japanese defenders were not ready for that. It seems to me the more the US ladies played the ball on the ground the better they got as a team. No complaints about lack of technical skill now. Credit has to be given where it is due - Jill Ellis really put it together when it counted. She played her best 11 players regardless of the formation and it worked in spades. I think the rating for Johnston is harsh. On the own goal it looked to me like the woman she was marking grabbed her arm to keep her from getting up for the ball and that was why she barely got her head on it. Hope Solo finally got some action in the final.

  11. Valerie Metzler, July 6, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.


  12. JR Likens, July 6, 2015 at 9:18 a.m.

    Congrats to the USA. They were able to take advantage of Japan's defensive errors and Japan's lack of focus. To Daniel's points - the 1st corner and direct kick would typcally get cleared. Carly's shot from midfield was great, but the bad pass back from japanese player that led to that goal showed just how much they were off their game. Will be interesting to see wher the USWNT goes from here. Heath had a strong game and Morgna looked to get some of her confidence back. The D should remain strong. 2019 will be iteresting because a number of other teams are starting to get stronger so hopefully not as many blowouts in the early games.

  13. Kent James, July 6, 2015 at 9:36 a.m.

    Daniel, you're right about Johnston; 4 is too harsh. Yes, she was burned on the Japanese goal when she tried to cut the ball off and was expertly shielded off the ball, but her great touch off the corner to set up the 2nd goal should have made up for that (almost, anyway). And on the own goal, it looked like she was fouled (the Japanese player shoving her through off her head). And while Solo did not have to save many shots, she had some crucial (and very difficult) punches, in traffic, that demonstrated her value as a keeper. The best goalkeepers don't make as many saves because they prevent the situations that lead to shots. On the other hand, I thought Rapinoe, who was consistently one of our best players, never really got untracked in this final (I guess her services were not really needed, other than on set pieces), so a 7 was probably a bit high. But the team deserves a 10!

  14. Garrett Isacco, July 6, 2015 at 10:50 a.m.

    I've been a Soccer America subscriber for over 2 decades and I don't remember a 10 before. I guess we finally found out what it takes to garner a 10 - to Carli LLoyd, well deserved.

  15. Alex G. Sicre, July 6, 2015 at 11:54 a.m.

    Carli LLoyd, I have always believed that she is the best Midfielder in the world and I was proven right. Before I read this article, in my mind she was a 10. But I was surprised that woitala gave her the 10. That 50 yarder, defies description. No one should have gotten less than a six including Julie and solo. The team, a big big 10.

  16. Tim Brown, July 6, 2015 at 1:48 p.m.

    WOW, That is how it is done my friends. The goals by the USA were world class for men or women. I have never seen a keeper get beat by a fifty yarder in such an important game. USA deserve to be football champions of the WORLD. Well Done Jill Ellis and Team!

  17. JR Likens, July 6, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

    Alex - While Carli is a strong midfielder, I would have to sya Necib (FR) Miyaama (Jp)Marozsan (GER) and possiblyl Formiga are overall better players. she did great capitalizing on 2 of Japan's defensive errors (neither ball should have made it thru to Carli) and a bad pass back that led to her great half-field shot. Johnston prob deserved a 5 or 6. she did have a part in both of Japan's goals but also a part in Carli's goal. To be honest tho, she was lucky to be playing has she should have received a Red in the Germany game.

  18. Soccer Madness, July 6, 2015 at 4:12 p.m.

    So for all this talk about focusing on skill only without worrying about picking strength speed height, can we all admit that Usa's biggest and I obvious advantage was those very factors, that gave them the clear and huge advantage? Japan was equally as skilled if not a bit more but USA outmatched them physically big time. USA had the best blend of skill speed strength and height. This helped them jump to a 4-0 lead right away over a much smaller slower weaker Japan.

  19. JR Likens, July 6, 2015 at 4:43 p.m.

    at this level it it really just about winning, doesn't matter how. In my previous posts I point to the 3 errors that led to 3 USA goals. I forgot the other error on the header that went straight up tha Holiday made a nice volley on. Had it been headed away instead of straight up...

    I don't think USA's size advantage and speed played a huge roll. They had the same hegiht, speed advantages in 2011 and lost.

    I think Japan's nerves surfaced and they did very uncharacteristic things and the USA was able to capitalize on them.

    If you look at the last 20+ mins of the game, Japan was pressing a lot and the US was just clearing the ball.

    Glad to see Heath played well. Would like to see her take more defenders on when she gets on the edge of the box - like she did when she split the 2 defenders that led to a fould being called.

  20. Soccer Madness, July 6, 2015 at 5:03 p.m.

    John, of corse it did play a huge role all the way from the get go. Japan held posession for moents but could not capitalize in final 1/3 because of their physical disadvantage woth the usa defenders. I think reason USA women didnt win in the past is because they wanted to depend solely on their size and strebgth. This time they mixed in skill and low and behold, it gave then the results. In the past Japan showed to be far more superior to usa in skilland tecnique. This time that advantage was not as mmuch

  21. Eddie Frill, July 6, 2015 at 5:21 p.m.

    JJ and Hope a 6. Rapinoe a 5. Rapinoe carried us in group play but rough final. Carli looked bad in group play and then MVP with lineup changes. Hats off to Ellis. I thought Abby was running the team and lobbing it over to her wasn't going to get it done against top teams. Abby was on bench we started pressuring on our offensive third, possessing the ball, found a non-scoring minded midfielder in Morgan Brian, took a chance on Carli taking offensive load even with all that talent on the bench. Wow, color me impressed! Future looks bright!

  22. JR Likens, July 6, 2015 at 5:25 p.m.

    I still think that Japan was too nervous from the start. They should have expected the high pressure as England showed it could be effective.

    4 of USA's goals were from Japanese errors. When was th last time you saaw a roller from a corner make it that deep into the box? Granted Carli made a great run and redirect but the ball should have never gotten that deep in the box.

    Japan's touch and passing seemed to be off the entire game. PLenty of instances where instead of going to feet (including the pass that led to Carli's midfield goal) were either a tad too far or behind the intended target.

    Personally, I think a France?USA semi-final would have been a great gameto see.

  23. Chris Sapien , July 6, 2015 at 5:28 p.m.

    Been saying it for years Madness, people just need convincing by their own eyes sometimes, that way they can then re-characterize their argument. lol

  24. JR Likens, July 6, 2015 at 5:38 p.m.

    Will be interesting in 2019.

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

    Remarkabl win. And memorable. But let's ace it, Johnston played her poorest game of the tournament. She had a devil of a time trying to cope with Miyama's accurately lofted passes into the boxc in the second half, and her own passes were less than they had been. Solo not only punched well in a crowd, but also bailed Johnston out more than once with well-positioned saves and deserved a good solid 6. Given thewin, can't quarrel much with the rest, except Lloyd's 10. She was otherworldly, but a 10? Remember the header she sent wide left that, with her opportunistic long shot, would have given her four goals, not just a hat trick. Let's settle for a sensational 9.

  26. Kent James, July 7, 2015 at 12:24 a.m.

    James, you are a tough grader. You dock Lloyd a point for powerfully heading just past the post on her potential 4th goal? Remember, this was a WC Final, and she scored one of her goals from midfield. I think her exceptional performance did merit a 10 (if anything, I thought she should have gotten an 11, just for kicks). The women's performance was all about the finishing. Finishing is was separates the teams at the top level, and the US demonstrated that emphatically. While the Japanese may have had a lot of skill, the US demonstrated better skill in the final, so it wasn't sheer size and athleticism (Klingenberg is only 5'2'', and she was one of our most consistently best players). And one of our consistently most skillful players (Rapinoe, who is also not big) had an off night.

  27. Scott Martineau, July 7, 2015 at 7:40 a.m.

    While obviously not earning a grade for an eleven minute cameo, I am awed that Abby stepped aside so gracefully without a peep or an utterance "off the record" saying she should be in there. The team started playing better when she came out, and I saw another site give A-Rod an Overall Grade for Tourney of 3.5, which is absurd as she as much as any helped get that high pressure offense going. That said, I give Abby an honorary ten for truly wanting the team to win, even at the expense of her own glory. Still, I did not think it was necessary to wait as long as they did to make Abby's last appearance nothing but a glory run. The USA secured this when we went up 5-2, and she should have come in immediately after that so she could have actually made a mark on the final. Congrats to the entire team.

  28. JR Likens, July 7, 2015 at 9:23 a.m.

    Kent - the US was able to finally finish their chances, but I find it hard to believe that no one is saying that many of their chances, and 4 of the 5 goals, came from Japanese mistakes. (1 JP goal from JJ's errors)Good teams do take advantage of another team's errors but at lest they should acknowledge those errors. If Rapinoe had an off night,then the Japanese definitely had an off night.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the US won. I just would have preferred to see both teams play at their best.

    i agree, Klingenberg did have a very good tournament!

  29. Kent James, July 7, 2015 at 10:03 a.m.

    John, this was the only game I saw Japan, and towards the end, they clearly showed they are a quality side, so you are probably right that Japan had an off night. But it was not like the Japanese gifted the game to the US; someone said (and though I don't remember, I'll concede it to be true) that Lloyd's goal from midfield was due to a bad pass from a Japanese player, but even if true, it was in the US half of the field. And usually, even a horrendous give-away in the offensive half does not lead immediately to a goal conceded. Only Lloyd's vision, composure, and excellent technique did that (the sun probably made the goalkeeper's job more difficult than it looked, and her stumble helped, but she only cracked because Lloyd's shot put her under so much pressure). Lloyd's first goal was not due to poor marking; her defender was a half inch behind her, so it was Lloyd's speed and excellent touch (outside of the left foot) that made that goal unstoppable. Lloyd's second goal was lucky; she beat 2 defenders and the goalkeeper (so the defense was in good position) after the ball bounced to her, but she did do the right thing (in the right place, went hard to the ball, put the shot quickly on frame), so you can argue she made her own luck. Holiday's shot was open only due to a poor clearance, but the ball the defender tried to clear was a difficult one (so it was due to US pressure again), and Holiday's technique was flawless. So while the Japanese may have had an off night, a lot of that was due to US pressure, and the technical finishing was awesome.

  30. JR Likens, July 7, 2015 at 11:08 a.m.

    Kent - I'm not taking anything away from their finishing. Was a great redirect from Carli on the 1st goal. But when was the last time you've seen a roller off a corner make it that deep into the box?

    Japan was under just as much pressure against englandf and while they made some errors, they didn't make nearly as many as in the US game.

    The defender covering Carli on ther 1st 2 goals was yanked in the 33rd minute.

    Holiday's volley was great and the clearance was prob one they have made plenty of times in the tournament. Unfortunately it went straight up. Credit Holiday for reacting and finishing nicely.

    Look at the play that led up to Carli's midfield shot. Japan seldom has such a bad pass in posession, even under pressure. Carli was smart to see the and took a chance that paid off. Guzan's wife roasted him shortly after as it happened to him before.

    you are correct that Carli's 2nd goal was luck, but i think it was more luck that it, again, got through to her.

    In the end US deserved to win because they came prepared to play and took advantage of japan's mistakes .

    As mentioned in a previoius post, I would have like to have seen a USA/France game. France totally outplayed Germany and deserved to go through.

  31. Santiago 1314, July 7, 2015 at 11:29 a.m.

    ** Just Saying ** WE GOT OUR "11" !!! Thank You Carli !!!  #US-Germany Ratings# Santiago 1314 commented on: June 30, 2015 at 10:49 p.m...As for the Players... (10) for Everyone...You just won a World Cup Semi-Final...This is what we Expected from You, This is what we DEMAND of You...Now we will need an (11) to beat Japan...You Can do it... WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN !!! "American Exceptionalism"... Worth ONE Goal, Every Game.*** 7/7/15; Coach Jill and Staff; (11) also,... For Wonderfully designed Set Pieces and the Guts to LET THE PLAYERS EXPRESS THEMSELVES... (11) FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.. YOU JUST WON THE WORLD CUP !!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! TICKER TAPE PARADE IN NEW YORK !!!

  32. Kent James, July 9, 2015 at 12:02 a.m.

    John, my main point is that any errors Japan made were not egregious (the "here, let me give you a goal" type of error). The first goal (the corner kick) was not a slow roller inside the 6 that the defense simply failed to clear (my son was making the same argument you are about the poor Japanese defense); it was a driven ball (not as hard as the 2nd goal, but nor was it a roller), and there was a dummy run which I think was designed to take the focus off of Lloyd, and her finish was near the penalty spot. Where the fail occurred was the Japanese defender who went to the ball did not go hard enough, and Lloyd went exceptionally hard (since she started her run outside the box when the ball was initially struck). The 2nd goal was a hard near post drive (very hard to defend) that Johnston flicked on (good skill) that we got lucky to finish because Lloyd was well defended then. The Holiday goal was from the head that went straight up, but the reason the header went straight up was the ball was a driven ball that bounced a few yards in front of the defender so she was just trying to get something on it (so not a perfect clearance, but given the difficulty, many defenders would struggle to clear it). So I think it was more a matter of excellent finishing than it was poor Japanese defending. As you said, good teams punish mistakes, and the US really did that. And I agree, I would have liked to see the US-France (though I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out!).

  33. Eddie Rockwell, July 9, 2015 at 12:14 p.m.

    Not sure why there seems a need to break down every goal and blame Japanese mistakes. Fact is we capitalized on our chances and FINISHED! Th
    e missing link in a lot of soccer games when the better team doesn't win (like the Germany v France game where France was clearly the better team). We were better the entire game; Jill did a fantastic job with tactics; enjoy and celebrate!

  34. Santiago 1314, July 9, 2015 at 4:52 p.m.

    Agreed, No point in Breaking Down every Technical, Tactical and Psychological mistake made by the Japanese... It was all caused by the Superior Game Plan put together by The Coaching Staff and Flawless execution by the Players in that first Half...

  35. Thomas Hosier, July 10, 2015 at 10:09 a.m.

    "a good bounce here and a bad bounce there" .... our Ladies played to win and made the most of their opportunities ... created by pressure or just good/bad bounces .... they won the WORLD CUP! Santiago 1314 gives the 11s ... I'm with him! Way to go Ladies! USA!

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