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USA-Thailand: Women's World Cup Player Ratings

USA-THAILAND EXPRESS:
June 11 in Reims, France
USA 13 Thailand 0. Goals: Morgan 12, 53, 74, 81, 87, Lavelle 20, 56, Horan 32, Mewis 50, 54, Rapinoe 79, Pugh 84, Lloyd 90+2.
Att.: 18,591

The USA's 13-0 win over Thailand in its Group F opener set the record for biggest rout in Women's World Cup history, exceeding Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007. Alex Morgan scored five to take an early lead in the Golden Boot race. Next up, on Sunday the USA faces Chile, which opened with a 2-0 loss to Sweden.

USA Player Ratings
(1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)

GOALKEEPER

The two Thai shots that reached Alyssa Naeher came straight to her from long range.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5 Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) 47/- (31)

DEFENDERS

Thailand pulled of a counterattack attack in each half, and both ended with a tackle by Kelley O'Hara, the right back who pushed forward from the get-go and delivered the cross for the game's opening goal, an Alex Morgan header. Central defenders Abby Dahlkemper and Julie Ertz had little to do, and both passed effectively the few times they got the ball. Left back Crystal Dunn assisted on Morgan's fifth goal and help create two others, including a well-timed pass that Sam Mewis relayed to Rose Lavelle for the 7-0 goal.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
8 Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals) 119/2 (30)
6 Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage) 41/0 (26)
6 Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars) 83/18 (27)
8 Crystal Dunn (NC Courage) 86/24 (26)

MIDFIELDERS

Lindsey Horan commanded the midfield and made it easy for Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, who each scored twice, to move deep into Thai territory.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
8 Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit) 28/9 (24)
7 Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) 69/9 (25)
8 Sam Mewis (NC Courage) 51/14 (26)

FORWARDS

In addition to her five goals, Alex Morgan assisted on three. Tobin Heath's free kick led to the deflection that Horan buried, but Heath mis-hit her crosses and had a relatively low-key performance on the right wing before getting subbed in the 57th minute. Megan Rapinoe assisted on two goals and hammered home the ninth goal.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5 Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) 151/30 (30)
9 Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) 164/106 (29)
8 Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC) 154/45 (33)

SUBSTITUTES

Mallory Pugh assisted on Rapinoe's goal and rounded the keeper to score her first World Cup goal in the 85th minute. All of Christen Press' touches were sharp, such as her pass to Morgan on the goal that made it 8-0. Carli Lloyd shot poorly twice and missed a volley from six yards before her clean finish in stoppage time.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
7 Christen Press (Utah Royals) 117/48 (30)
6 Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC) 275/111 (36)
7 Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) 54/17 (21)

TRIVIA 1. The USA's previous biggest margin of victory in a World Cup history came with a 7-0 win over Taiwan at the inaugural World Cup in 1991.

TRIVIA 2. Alex Morgan's five goals against Thailand are more than her total in the previous two World Cups. She scored once in 2015 and twice in 2011.

June 11 in Reims, France
USA 13 Thailand 0.
USA -- Naeher; O'Hara, Dahlkemper, Ertz (Pugh, 69), Dunn; Lavelle (Lloyd, 57), Horan, Mewis; Heath (Press, 57), Morgan, Rapinoe.
Thailand -- Charoenying; Srangthaisong, Saengkoon, Chinwong, Phetwiset (Srimanee, 71); Thongsombut (Dangda, 65), Phancha, Boothduang (Khueanpet, 35), Sungngoen; Intamee; Nildhamrong.
Yellow cards: USA -- none; Thailand -- Dangda 72. Red cards: none.
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina).
Att.: 18,591.

Stats:
USA/Thailand
Shots: 39/2
Shots on goal: 21/2
Saves: 2/8
Corner Kicks: 10/0
Fouls: 5/5
Offside: 3/0
Possession: 75%/25%

11 comments about "USA-Thailand: Women's World Cup Player Ratings".
  1. Bob Ashpole, June 11, 2019 at 7:05 p.m.

    Individual player ratings for that match have little value.

    It was good to see the US off to a strong start.

  2. Paul Cox, June 11, 2019 at 8:16 p.m.

    Um... how many more goals and assists would Morgan (with 5 goals and 3 assists) need to have to rate a 10? How much better a match can anyone have?

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, June 12, 2019 at 6:18 a.m.

    The rating is a subjective opinion about how well the individual played compared to an abstract average of 5. It is not supposed to be an objective rating based on how many assists or goals someone scores. If I were the rater, I would never give a 10 or a 1.

    Carli Lloyd's dominant performance in the 2015 Final was an historic performance and would be a 10 if any rated that high, but that was the greatest individual performance I can recall, ever, and it was at the ultimate level of competition. 

    In this case, the whole team is over-rated probably due to the result against a hugely overmatched opponent. 

    One comment about the team effort. Usually teams struggle to break down bunker defenses. A reason the US attack was so success up the middle against a bunker defense was the attention Thailand gave the wingers--Rapinoe and Heath. The right fullback did an excellent job marking Rapinoe, but was exhausted by the effort and required constant cover. Heath was triple teamed. 

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, June 12, 2019 at 6:35 a.m.

    I just thought of another way to explain ratings. If I were rating the Thai team, I would probably give them 4s to 6s and possibly a 7 to the Thai keeper. She was guarding the same goal that Tim Howard did, but didn't even have half of his arm span. The Thai team didn't play badly so much as that they were overmatched.

    I have been in Thailand's position, playing RB against a vastly superior team. We bunkered and shut them out, but our FBs were able to contain their wingers with just normal cover. That was probably an "8" performance for us, even though the ball only enterred the opponent's half (briefly) 3 times in the match.

  5. stewart hayes, June 11, 2019 at 8:54 p.m.

    Rapinoe was off most of the night losing the ball far too many times to remember when attempting to go 1v1 and sending crosses to no one so she certainly does not get an 8 against this opponent.  Ditto Bob A.  It is hard to take anything away from this game except that they did what they needed to do against a very weak opponent.    

  6. frank schoon, June 11, 2019 at 9:47 p.m.

    I forced myself to watch just about 40 min. This game reminds of a high school level  game in which one team was made up of freshmen and the other seniors. I expect the US considering their stature, their history their experience and talent to so outperform Thailand giving them a lesson of what good soccer should be. The US team won on shear size, speed, talent, athleticism and power. If the US women’s team is going to ever play a step up, a higher level they will need to  look for a new coach, for i’m Not Unimpressed with Ellis. 
    Rapinho in this game couldn’t take on a lamppost one on one. There were so many bad passes made or lost. Ertz is so predictable , always passing in the direction of her dribble. There was way too much running with the ball. Thailand gave them so much space and time. 
    When the Game was 4-0 they should have changed their approach and work on more tempo controlled soccer, passing it around watch for an opening and then strike quickly, instead of continuing the useless onslaught and thinking you’re playing goodsoccer

  7. Mike Mcglynn, June 11, 2019 at 10:26 p.m.

    what do you have to do to get a '10' ?

  8. Ian Plenderleith replied, June 12, 2019 at 3:48 a.m.

    Score five against France in the final

  9. Ginger Peeler replied, June 12, 2019 at 11:20 p.m.

    Heh,heh!  Thanks, Ian...

  10. beautiful game, June 11, 2019 at 10:45 p.m.

    More amazing is the stat that Thailand had 25% ball possession. If they had 5% possession, it would be a benefit of a doubt. This game proved absolutely nothing except that there are only 4-teams that can compete in this WC. Team ratings: 5 US and -6 Thailand.

  11. james Fitzsimons, June 16, 2019 at 8:16 p.m.

    Not always been a huge Christen Press fan, but, from my perspective, she was the most dominant player today.

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