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USA-Paraguay Women's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-PARAGUAY EXPRESS:
Sept. 21 in Cincinnati
USA 8 Paraguay 0. Goals: Lavelle 4, Smith 6, Morgan 8, 14, 53, Macario 15, 82, Lloyd 78.
Att.: 22,515
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On Tuesday, the USA beat Paraguay 8-0 in a rematch against the massively over-matched foe that fell 9-0 to the Americans last Thursday. The games gave veterans who disappointed at the Japan Olympics a chance to be celebrated, but also gave 21-year-old Catarina Macario her first 90-minute appearance.

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

GOALKEEPER

In game in which goalkeeping was unnecessary for the USA -- Paraguay's one shot may not have reached the goal line had Jane Campbell not picked it off the grass -- her highlight came with a crisp accurate delivery to the wing from a back pass.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash)  6/0 (26)

DEFENDERS

Right back Emily Sonnett, who surged deep in Paraguay territory, helped set up the third goal. Left back Casey Krueger's cross set up the opening goal. Abby Dahlkemper's cross led to the fourth goal. Tierna Davidson won a header that sparked the counter on goal No. 2 and passed with poise throughout.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit) 60/0 (27)

6
Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash) 76/0 (28) 

6
Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars) 41/1 (22)

6
Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars) 36/0 (31)

MIDFIELDERS

Rose Lavelle, who opened the scoring with a header, served a playmaking role from the get-to, and set up three of the next four goals. Her assist on the fifth goal came after she stole the ball within two passes of Paraguay's kickoff. Catarina Macario -- who saw the field for six minutes at the Olympics -- early on lost some balls with heavy touches, but she won plenty, finished cleanly on the USA's fifth goal, delivered a perfect cross in the second half that Sophia Smith headed to the keeper, and her second goal was a wonderfully struck volley from 19 yards. Andi Sullivan, whose bad touch bounced off a defender to set up Alex Morgan's second goal, played a subdued role in the shadow of dynamic Lavelle and omnipresent Macario.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

8
Rose Lavelle (OL Reign) 64/16 (26)

5
Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) 19/2 (25)

8
Catarina Macario (Lyon, FRA) 10/3 (21)

FORWARDS

Alex Morgan rediscovered the scoring touch that had eluded her in all but one of her six Olympic appearances in Japan. Her hat trick consisted of a header, a volley and half-volley, all from pouncing adeptly on close-range chances. The 21-year-old Sophia Smith scored her first U.S. goal in the sixth minute and assisted on Morgan's 53rd-minute goal. Mallory Pugh sparked the attack on the second U.S. goal.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns) 8/1 (21)

8
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) 188/114 (32) 

6
Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars) 65/18 (23)

SUBSTITUTES

Carli Lloyd scored from two yards out after goalkeeper Alicia Bobadilla punched instead of catching a Macario free kick that went straight to her.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit) 147/2 (33)

5
Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage) 42/13 (28) 

5
Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns) 195/0 (36)

5
Carli Lloyd (Gotham FC) 314/134 (39)

6
Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash) 30/4 (30)

5
Tobin Heath (Arsenal, ENG) 179/36 (33) 

TRIVIA: Sophia Smith's first U.S. goal came in her first start after seven appearances off the bench.

Sept. 21 in Cincinnati
USA 8 Paraguay 0. Goals: Lavelle 4, Smith 6, Morgan 8, 14, 53, Macario 15, 82, Lloyd 78.
USA -- Campbell; Sonnett, Dahlkemper, Davidson (Sauerbrunn, 61), Krueger (O'Hara, 61); Lavelle (K.Mewis 70), Sullivan, Macario; Smith (Heath, 71), Morgan (Lloyd, 61), Pugh (Williams, 61).
Paraguay -- Bodadilla; M.Martinez, Riso, Ojeda (Servin, 89), Fretes (Almiron, 90+3); Alonso, Gauto (Ayala, 74); Sandoval, Godoy, Bareiro (F.Martinez, 89); Pena (R.Martinez, 66).
Yellow cards: none. Red cards: none. 
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA).
Att.: 22,515.

Stats:
USA/PARAGUAY
Shots: 29/2
Shots on target: 15/1
Saves: 1/7
Corner Kicks: 17/0
Fouls: 9/5
Offside: 3/0
Possession: 76%/24%
11 comments about "USA-Paraguay Women's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. Bob Ashpole, September 22, 2021 at 2:01 a.m.

    My takeaways.

    Sonnentt confirmed her weaknesses.

    An F to the US coach for leaving Pugh in this meaningless match. We were ahead 5-0 with 6 subs available at the time she injured her shoulder.

    An A+ to the Paraguayan coach for rallying his team after a disasterous 15-minute start. Rallying routed troops in retreat is perhaps the most difficult challenge a leader may face. Generally it is impossible. The Paraguayan players showed heart and bravery, but were clueless. The coach clued them in and had the team playing better, especially in the second half.

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, September 22, 2021 at 2:04 a.m.

    Should read "her" not "his". The coach is a woman. Don't know how that happened or why the verb was missing in the first sentence when I went to submit. It had been there.

  3. Santiago 1314, September 22, 2021 at 11:55 a.m.

    Cha-Ching $$$$.... Lots of Happy Screaming little Girls in the Stands on a Wet Night... Good article from ESPN, that SA linked to.... "Chemistry" #1 Issue.!!!

  4. R2 Dad replied, September 22, 2021 at 12:35 p.m.

    Santi, I just don't understand. How can it be "chemistry" when there is so little turnover in the squad? I read that article. Half of these players were around for the 2015 World Cup, most for the 2019 World Cup. There are no surprises in the personnel, and they played the same way they've always played, so what's really the issue? They acted as if Vlatko threw Macario in at the 10 at every match and no one knew how to play with a proper AM while playing out of the back. At least in that scenario I would find it believable. 

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, September 22, 2021 at 10:01 p.m.

    It was "Chemistry"; But of a Different Kind...



    • Santiago 1314 replied, August 3, 2021 at 4:14 p.m.

      "Maybe a FAREWELL TOUR is in Order...
      I think Part of the Problem for this Group is what I will Call "VAMPIRISM"...
      Being Social Media "Wokeys"  They Feed OFF the Energy of their Fans...
      These Players were NEVER All that Great, in Comparision to Previous Generations of WNT.
      Like some "B" Movie Horror Vampires, They Feed Off the Medis attention and Screams of Little Girls in the Stands.
      They can't Generate their Own Enthusiasm, Passion or Energy because they Hate their Flag, Anthem and Bosses.
      And with NO Fans in the Stands, They had No One to Sap the Energy Out of.!!!"



  6. Santiago 1314 replied, September 22, 2021 at 10:23 p.m.

    Also; I'm glad that I didn't "Pen" that SEXIST article....
    Which really said what we all Know;
    "MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS"
    Those of us who have Coached Both will Tell you that "Team Chemistry" is THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE in "Female" Athletics... The "FACT" that you had Rapinoe going around "Intimidating" Compliance to "Social Justice", was the "Intangible" that caused the Team to IMPLODE.!!!

  7. John Soares, September 22, 2021 at 1:44 p.m.

    Fun match to watch. 
    Everyone having a good time... on and off the field 
    6 starters did not play in Japan 
    This is how you incorporate new players into the team without pressure 

  8. Wooden Ships, September 22, 2021 at 6:46 p.m.

    I watched about half the match and I didn't gain much from it. Yes, Kudos to Paraguay, but come on. I too read the ESPN article. Yes, the requirements in Tokyo were tough, were we the only team with such restrictions? No. Much talk about feel good stuff, knowing each other on and off the field. I'm sorry, their professionals, get the job done. Did chemistry effect poor touches and passes? No. Vlad mentioned more precise passing in tight spaces, good luck there. There's really only one player with that feel and touch, Macario. 


    I felt, they had other issues some were concerned with, that prevented the necessary focus. They can win me over again when I can tune in, feel like they give a shit and are grateful their wearing the shirt. 

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, September 22, 2021 at 10:25 p.m.

    Yup Wooden... See my Posts above

  10. Bob Ashpole, September 23, 2021 at 1:10 a.m.

    When will the personal attacks on the WNT stop? It has been 5 years since the kneeling during the national anthem stopped due to the negative backlash it caused. 

    Yesterday the stands were full of people who came to see future hall-of-famer Carli Lloyd and hometown star Rose Lavelle play. I can still remember my Dad taking my brother and I to watch Gordie Howe play for the Red Wings. These friendly matches are just as important to the future of soccer in the US as winning some trophy.

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, September 25, 2021 at 5:46 p.m.

    Bob, if I didn't know you better,  I would say that is a Sexist Comment... They want "Equal Treatment"  then they need to get the SAME Equal Scrutiny and be able to take the Same Criticism as the Men... 

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