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USA-Jamaica Women's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-JAMAICA EXPRESS:
June 13 in Houston
USA 4 Jamaica 0. Goals: Lloyd 1, Horan pen. 7, Purce 22, Morgan 90+1.
Att.: 8,737.
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The USA won its second game in the WNT Summer Series with an easy 4-0 win over Jamaica. The game was over quickly with three goals in the first 22 minutes. That more didn't follow until second-half stoppage time was the result of some impatience on the part of the U.S. attack as well as the better job the young Reggae Girlz did of staying organized.

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

GOALKEEPER

With a backup job in goal on the Olympic team at stake, Adrianna Franch had very little to do. It was her first game with the national team since its last game at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, the night before the sports world shut down due to the pandemic.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns) 5/0 (30)

DEFENDERS

Only Abby Dahlkemper and Crystal Dunn of the regular back four got starts. Emily Sonnett (at right back in the first half and then at left back in place of Dunn after the break) and Tierna Davidson (at center back) both showed why they are serious contenders to make the Olympic team as backups. Except for one give-away in the second half, Sonnett was solid on the ball and did good work on styming Jamaica's most dangerous attacker, Jody Brown. Davidson was confident in the middle alongside the more adventuresome Dahlkemper.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit) 53/0 (27)

6
Abby Dahlkemper (Man. City, ENG) 68/0 (28)

6
Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars) 31/1 (22)

5
Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns) 113/24 (28)

MIDFIELDERS

Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle came out with a more attacking spirit than they had against Portugal on Thursday. Lavelle's pass found Carli Lloyd for the opening game after 23 seconds. Unfortunately, Lavelle had to leave the game in the 33rd minute after rolling her ankle. Horan converted the penalty kick for the second goal in the 7th minute. In her first appearance for the USA since February, Catarina Macario had a quiet game. She struggled connecting with her teammates (and vice versa) until the end of the first half when she started to find openings near the edge of the Jamaica penalty area. 

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) 95/21 (27)

6
Rose Lavelle (OL Reign) 55/14 (26)

5
Catarina Macario (Lyon, FRA) 4/1 (21)

FORWARDS

Christen Press was taken down for the penalty and found Midge Purce for the third goal in the 22nd minute. She also came close to scoring herself in the second half before exiting the game. Purce gave the U.S. attack more width than it had when it struggled against Portugal. Her Olympic audition saw her move to right back in the second half. Carli Lloyd made a case for starting up front, opening the scoring in the 1st minute and hitting the crossbar in the 5th minute.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Midge Purce (Gotham FC) 7/2 (25)

6
Carli Lloyd (Gotham FC) 303/125 (38)

7
Christen Press (Man. United, ENG) 146/60 (32)

SUBSTITUTES

Sam Mewis had to come into the game in the 33rd minute when Lavelle was hurt. She was unlucky not to score with a shot off the post at the end of the first half, but she found Alex Morgan for the lone goal of the second half. Morgan was much sharper in her 45-minute shift than she was against Portugal. Lynn Williams should also get a nod for her work on the buildup to the late Morgan goal. Kristie Mewis, Sophia Smith and Andi Sullivan got important minutes in their cases to impress the U.S coaching staff ahead of its decisions on the Olympic roster.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Sam Mewis (NC Courage) 74/22 (28)

5
Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash) 23/4 (30)

6
Lynn Williams (NC Courage) 36/10 (28)

6
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) 177/110 (31)

5
Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns) 6/0 (20)

5
Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) 17/0 (25)

TRIVIAWith the game's opening goal, Carli Lloyd (38 years, 332 days) became the oldest U.S. player to score. Kristine Lilly (38 years, 264 days) had held the record.

June 13 in Houston
USA 4 Jamaica 0. Goals: Lloyd 1, Horan pen. 7, Purce 22, Morgan 90+1.
USA -- Franch; Sonnett, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Dunn (Williams 46); Horan (Sullivan 74), Lavelle (S.Mewis 33), Macario (K.Mewis 46); Purce, Lloyd (Morgan, 46), Press (Smith 65).
Jamaica -- Schneider; A.Swaby, Sampson, Plummer, Campbell (Wiltshire 64); Solaun (Dayes 90+3), C.Swaby (McNamara 68), Blackwood, Cameron (Hayles 76), Matthews (McCoy 60), Brown (Adamolekun 86).
Yellow Cards: USA -- none; Jamaica -- Campbell 61. Red Cards: none.
Referee: Karen Abt (USA).
Att.: 8,737.

Stats:
USA/JAMAICA
Shots: 19/3
Shots on target: 9/0
Saves: 0/5
Corner Kicks:5/1
Fouls: 5/6
Offside: 4/1
Possession: 72%/28%
1 comment about "USA-Jamaica Women's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. Mark Landefeld, June 14, 2021 at 5:09 a.m.

    I think this match demonstrated that against "pack-em-in" teams, there's little point in having Lavelle and Mercario on the field together.  For 20 minutes, Lavelle went hunting for the ball and provided service into forwards, usually from the flanks. It was after she left with an injury that Mercario started to slip balls inside the center channel and find 2nd ball opportunities for shots.

    Two different styles, and only the coaching staff will know if they want them both on the field as MFs.

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