USWNT: Who's graded the best in 2021

The USA won its final game before it heads to Japan for the Olympic women's soccer competition with a 4-0 victory over Mexico on Monday.

Its record is 11-0-1 in 2021, extending its unbeaten streak to 44 games, the second-longest in team history. In the 12 games, it has outscored its opponents, 37-1. The goal Lina Hurtig scored for Sweden in its 1-1 tie in Stockholm is the only goal the USA has allowed and marked the only time it trailed all year (for 49 minutes).

The goal of the 12 games was for Coach Vlatko Andonovski and his staff to get a look at as many players as possible in order to pare the squad down to 18 players, plus four alternates. Since the roster was announced, the IOC has stepped it and will allow teams to use all 22 players over the 17-day tournament, which begins on July 21 when the USA opens against Sweden.

In the 12 games, Andonovski used 29 players, ranging from Lindsey Horan and Carli Lloyd, who played every game, to Ali Krieger, Alana Cook, Emily Fox, Jaelin Howell and Andi Sullivan, who played one game each.

Of the 18 players who played more than five games, Horan was the highest-rated player, based on SA's Game Reports, with an average grade of 6.42. It was 6.60 over the five games in which she took over for injured Julie Ertz in the role of the deep-lying midfielder. Ertz was one of three other players along with center backs Abby Dahlkemper and Becky Sauerbrunn with average grades of 6.00 or more.

The top-rated forward among those who played throughout the year is Christen Press with an average of 5.70, boosted by strong play over the last five games. Only Horan graded higher in the five games played in June and July.

The field player with lowest average was Alex Morgan with an average of 4.80 over the 10 games she played, though she saved her best game -- with a grade of 8 -- for the biggest win of the year, a 2-0 win at France in April.

Megan Rapinoe led the USA with seven goals in 11 games but has an average of only 5.27, dropping from an average of 6.14 with a series of poor performances in the June-July matches (average of 3.75).

USWNT: SA Game Reports

GOALKEEPERS (3) Average Grades
4.89 Alyssa Naeher, 9 games, 1 goal-against
5.00 Jane Campbell, 2 games
5.00 Adrianna Franch, 2 games

DEFENDERS (11) Average Grades
6.11 Abby Dahlkemper, 9 games
6.00 Becky Sauerbrunn, 10 games
5.86 Tierna Davidson, 8 games, 1 assist
5.40 Emily Sonnett, 10 games, 1 assist
5.36 Crystal Dunn, 11 games, 2 assists
5.25 Kelley O'Hara, 8 games
6.00 Ali Krieger, 1 game, 1 assist
6.00 Alana Cook, 1 game
5.60 Midge Purce, 5 game, 2 goals
5.50 Casey Krueger, 2 games, 1 assist
5.00 Emily Fox, 1 game

MIDFIELDERS (8) Average Grades
6.42 Lindsey Horan, 12 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
6.14 Julie Ertz, 7 games
5.83 Sam Mewis, 9 games, 5 goals, 3 assists
5.80 Rose Lavelle, 10 games, 1 goal, 2 assists
5.33 Kristie Mewis, 10 games, 2 goals, 2 assists
5.00 Catarina Macario, 7 games, 1 goal
5.00 Jaelin Howell, 1 game
5.00 Andi Sullivan, 1 game

FORWARDS (7) Average Grades
5.70 Christen Press, 10 games, 3 goals, 4 assists
5.27 Megan Rapinoe, 11 games, 7 goals, 2 assists
5.08 Carli Lloyd, 12 games, 3 goals, 6 assists
5.00 Lynn Williams, 8 games, 2 goals
4.60 Alex Morgan, 10 games, 3 goals, 2 assists
6.50 Tobin Heath, 2 games, 2 goals
4.80 Sophia Smith, 5 games

1 comment about "USWNT: Who's graded the best in 2021".
  1. R2 Dad, July 6, 2021 at 2:17 p.m.

    Thanks for the summary, glad to see more stats at SA.The only other common metric that would be easy to include would be total minutes played, to give a sense of impact above and beyond goals/assists. 

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