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USA-Canada Women's Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings

USA-CANADA EXPRESS:
Feb. 9 in Carson, California
USA 3 Canada 0. Goals: Williams 61, Horan 71, Rapinoe 87.
Att.: 17,489.
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Both having already clinched tickets to the 2020 Olympics, the USA beat Canada, 3-0, to claim the Concacaf Championship title. Although the Canadians never looked capable of winning the game, the USA's sloppy play -- which included 44 misplayed passes in the first half and countless ineffective crosses -- kept it close for an hour.

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

GOALKEEPER

Alyssa Naeher stopped a weak shot by Janine Beckie in the 32nd minute and thwarted a Christine Sinclair one-on-one in the 38th.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
6 Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) 61/0 (31)

DEFENDERS

Crystal Dunn, the only player to start every game of the tournament, sent five passes to Canadians in the first 11 minutes and didn't improve. The other outside back Emily Sonnett had much less of the ball and also handled it poorly, like under-hitting a pass to a wide open Lindsey Horan on the wing deep in Canadian territory. Ali Krieger robbed Sinclair of a chance in the 24th minute but twice returned the ball to the Canadians after winning it later in the first half. Abby Dahlkemper cut off a Canadian counterattack early in the second half.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
4 Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride) 44/0 (26)

5 Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage) 58/0 (26)

5 Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) 107/1 (35)

3 Crystal Dunn (NC Courage) 101/24 (27)

MIDFIELDERS

Even Julie Ertz, though providing her usual valuable defensive work, didn't pass consistently, contributing to the 72 U.S. passes that didn't meet a teammate. Rose Lavelle's disappointing evening, which featured deflecting a Press shot wide of goal, ended after 62 minutes. Lindsey Horan scored the second goal after neatly tapping the ball over Allysha Chapman's tackle.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
3 Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit) 42/12 (24)

5 Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars) 99/19 (27)

6 Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) 83/17 (25)

FORWARDS

Christen Press hit the crossbar with a 28-yard half-volley to provide the only first-half excitement, but feebly wasted a chance in the second half after breaking through the backline and failed connect a simple pass to Lynn Williams in scoring position in the 49th minute. Center forward Williams shot weakly to the keeper early in the second half, after an invisible first half, then became far more active. She fired home the first goal from 11 yards after right back Jayde Riviere gifted her the ball. Williams also nodded the ball to Horan on the second goal and set up Megan Rapinoe's late goal. Jessica McDonald sent in hopeful, ineffective crosses.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
4 Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage) 17/4 (31)

8 Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) 25/8 (26)

5 Christen Press (Utah Royals) 134/56 (31)

SUBSTITUTES

Megan Rapinoe ended a poor showing in this tournament with a crisp finish in the final minutes to provide the USA with a flattering scoreline. Samantha Mewis delivered the one cross of the game that produced -- after Williams relayed it to Horan.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6 Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC) 165/50 (34)

6 Samantha Mewis (NC Courage) 64/18 (27)

5 Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals) 129/2 (31)

TRIVIA: The USA is now 50-3-7 (win-loss-tie) all-time against Canada, whose three victories came in 1986, 2000 and 2001.

Feb. 9 in Carson, California
USA 3 Canada 0. Goals: Williams 61, Horan 71, Rapinoe 87.
USA -- Naeher; Sonnett, Dahlkemper, Krieger, Dunn; Lavelle (Mewis, 63), Ertz, Horan; McDonald (Rapinoe, 62), Williams, Press (O'Hara, 81).
Canada -- Labbe; Riviere (Chapman, 65), Schmidt (Huitema, 74), Quinn (Rose, 65), Buchanan, Zadorsky; Beckie, Scott, Lawrence, Fleming; Sinclair.
Yellow Cards: USA -- none; Canada -- none. Red cards: none.
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (Nicaragua).
Att.: 17,489.

Stats:
USA/Canada
Shots: 18/4
Shots on target: 5/2
Saves: 2/2
Corner Kicks: 4/2
Fouls: 9/3
Offside: 1/1
Possession: 46%/54%

10 comments about "USA-Canada Women's Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. Kent James, February 9, 2020 at 9:44 p.m.

    Not sure why Dunn got such a low rating; I thought she did a lot of good work, both defensively and offensively (bringing the ball out of the back under pressure and doing something constructive with it) Kreiger I thought looked very shaky (and was caught out/beaten twice, almost surrendering goals on each).  I agree about Williams; I don't know much about her, and she did so little in the first half I was wondering why she was playing.  In the second half, she showed why.  Great finish on the goal, great pass to Rapinoe (who also had an elegently effiective, though less impressive finish), and she carries the ball forward with great speed and skill.  Generally the team did not play as well as they did against Mexico, but I'm assuming Canada is a more challenging opponent that Mexico, so that may explain it.  I'm still confused as to how Canada could have the edge on possession; the US dominated the game, and it seemed like most of the game was played with the US having the ball in the Canadian half.  

  2. Santiago 1314, February 10, 2020 at 12:04 a.m.

    R2, this is what American Excepionalism means... Play like Crap, and still beat the other Team... Because, ya know, that's the USA over there... And they're THE BEST in the World... 1 Slip Up, and it's Over; as Canada found out tonight... Talent and Athletisism were fairly Close... But, the USA is the Greatest and well,  they're Canada.!!!... Way to go Gals.!!!... Just Win Baby, WIN.!!!

  3. Bob Ashpole, February 10, 2020 at 12:26 a.m.

    The problems I saw were:

    1. The game plan was built to break down a 442, but Canada did not play a 442 until the last 30 minutes.

    2. The 3 starting forwards were too similar in their play, and the US did not adjust their play to solve the unexpected Canadian defensive organization. 

    3. Canada defended well preventing the USA from playing into the gaps between lines before it switched to a 442.

    4. The US speed of play was too slow for a combination of reasons. 

    In summary the US attack was on life support for the first 60 minutes. Overall I have to say that Canada had the better coaching.

  4. ARISTIDES SASTRE, February 10, 2020 at 7:20 a.m.

    Totally agree with Kent James.  Dunn's passing may not have been crisp at the start of the game but she broke down the Canadian attack time after time on the right side.  This was particularly impressive when you consider that the brodcasters kept emphasizing that the strength of the Canadian attack came from the right side.  As far as Dahlkemper is concerned, I actually get excited when one of her passes is made on the ground.  I have never seen any
    US player on either the men's or the women's team who insists on putting 90% of their passes in the air. 

  5. John Soares, February 10, 2020 at 12:09 p.m.

    Agree Bob, having seen the USA's approach in 4 games Canada came in with an excellent defensive plan.
    USA adjusted in the second half. Good on both coaches.
    Challenging game, but exactly what the USA needs in order to grow.
    In the end the better team made the needed adjustments and plays to win the game.

  6. Alvaro Bettucchi, February 10, 2020 at 12:29 p.m.

    I don't agree about the low rating of Dunn.  She is the best defender in the world and even in this game against Canada, was a constant thorn to the Canadians. Perfect in her anticipation of play, a true attacking fullback, and setting up her team mates with quick, direct passing. Mistakes, no player will play 90 minutes without some mistakes! But Dunn should have gotten at least a score of eight (8)! The team, as a whole, is coming together, and will be a threat to any team they play. Personally, I miss Pugh in the group. She's young, and still has time to get back into the fold.

  7. frank schoon, February 10, 2020 at 3:29 p.m.

    Didn't see the game, but watched the 4min highlights.....Canada has no clue how to play defense. The level of soccer portrayed in women's soccer and were talking internationally can be anywhere  between14 to 16years old boys....


  8. Bob Ashpole replied, February 10, 2020 at 4:08 p.m.

    Frank, those 4 min highlights started with the first US goal in the 60th minute. It didn't show the first half at all.

  9. John Soares, February 10, 2020 at 4:38 p.m.

    Canadians had defensive control of Americans the whole first half.
    Smart controlled defense. USA made adjustments in the second half.
    Canadians could no longer keep up. It all fell apart for them after the first goal.
    USA especially with smart subs just took over in the last 30 min.

  10. Chance Hall, February 10, 2020 at 5:36 p.m.

    There is no way peeno gets a higher score than Press. She was all over the field. Press has been on fire the whole tournament. Sometimes it seems the scores don't match what we see on the field. 

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