USA-COLOMBIA EXPRESS: Aug. 9 in Manaus USA 2 Colombia 2.
Dunn 41, Pugh 59; Usme
With first place in Group G all but clinched, the Americans rested several starters and couldn’t suppress an energetic Colombian team, for which Catalina
twice caught keeper Hope Solo
below her best and earned the Cafeteras a 2-2 tie. Megan Rapinoe
started her first game since suffering a torn ACL in December and
despite the lineup changes, the USA dominated play, outshooting Colombia, 16-3, but couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead provided when Crystal Dunn
and Mallory Pugh
scored on either side of
halftime. U.S. Player Ratings: Starters RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G 3 Hope Solo (Seattle
For the first time in a long time, Solo looked terrible while conceding a goal, allowing Usme’s tame shot to slip underneath her. Usme’s swerving free kick from a
tough angle would have required a spectacular save but that is what Solo has done for the past decade. 6 Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC) 85/2.
Delivered a great cross late
in the first half that Dunn failed to convert. Worked tirelessly on the flank to smother Colombia and push balls into good positions. 6 Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) 112/0.
Marshaled the defense confidently and sprayed several accurate passed into the middle third. Solid tackle thwarted Colombia’s first attack. 5 Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers)
Lost track of Lady Andrade a couple of times, passes occasionally went awry. 5 Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit) 92/2.
Anchored her corner competently, a bit
unlucky to be carded for wasting time. 5 Morgan Brian (Houston Dash) 57/4.
Took on a slightly more linking role and handled the duties well. Stifled a lot of what Colombia
tried to play through the middle. 6 Lindsay Horan (Portland Thorns) 23/3.
Stepped right in and played a smart, efficient game connecting to the attackers while stabilizing
the middle. Nearly scored twice with a bending shot and firm header that forced a pair of good saves. 4 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), 114/31.
Reckless foul that led to
Colombia’s first goal tainted an otherwise encouraging, albeit brief, display. Got right into the flow to deliver an early cross that Lloyd (offside) headed against the crossbar, flicked a nice
ball to Horan, and delivered another cross the keeper bobbled. 5 Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 229/99.
A bit out of sync and off her game but her fierce shot bounced free for
Dunn to equalize. Should hit the century mark on Friday. 7 Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit 38/16).
Made up for the miss on O’Hara’s cross by getting to a
saved Lloyd shot first and poking it over the goal line. Took on multiple defenders and delivered the ball that evaded everyone except Pugh. 5 Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)
Fired over the bar in the opening minutes, on a long ball out of the back she squandered a clean breakthrough the keeper did well to save. Nice pass to Lloyd set up her shot that
produced first goal. Substitutes 6 Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), 16/4.
Caught and collected Dunn’s
pass to score with a confident
finish. 5 Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 115/68.
Shot just over the bar on a great through ball from Press. Drew a lot of attention without threatening the goal directly.
5 Allie Long (Portland Thorns), 13/2.
Brought her usual poise and quality to the fray, shook off the effects of an opponent’s foot to her face. Dawdled on a shooting chance
that was blocked. TRIVIA
. Usme’s goals were the first ones scored by Colombia against the USA. In five previous meetings, the USA had outscored
Colombia, 18-0. Aug. 9 in Manaus USA 2 Colombia 2.
Goals: Dunn 41, Pugh 59; Usme 26, 90. USA –
Sauerbrunn, Engen, Krieger, Brian (Long, 65), Horan, Rapinoe (Pugh, 33), Lloyd (Morgan, 46), Dunn, Press. Colombia -- Sepulveda, C.Arias,
N.Arias, Ariza (Vidal, 80), Clavijo, Salazar, Santos, Usme, Velasquez (Echeverri, 46), Gaitan, Andrade (Ospina, 62). Referee:
Teodora Albon (Romania).