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USA-Mexico Concacaf W Championship Player Ratings

MEXICO-USA EXPRESS:
July 11 in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
Mexico 0 USA 1. Goal: K.Mewis 89.
Att.: 20,522.

The USA completed a sweep of its Group A opponents with a 1-0 win over host Mexico at the Concacaf W Championship. Lots of sloppy play marred the victory, which wasn't secured until the 89th minute when Kristie Mewis  scored to shatter Mexico's slim hopes of staying alive in World Cup qualifying. Jamaica became the fourth team to secure a berth at the 2023 Women's World Cup when it beat Haiti, 4-0. Mexico would have edged Haiti for third place and a spot in next year's intercontinental playoffs if it somehow managed to beat the USA, but it exited with three shutout losses. The USA remains the heavy favorite to win the Concacaf W Championship -- and claim the lone berth in the 2024 Olympics to come directly from the new regional championship -- but a poor performance will raise a lot of alarm bells.

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

GOALKEEPER
Casey Murphy had less to do than in her first start, the opening match against Haiti. It wasn't until the 87th minute that she was tested with a low shot by Jimena Lopez that she easily handled.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5
Casey Murphy
 (North Carolina Courage 7/- (26)

DEFENDERS

With Taylor Fox unavailable due to health and safety protocols, 
Emily Sonnett started in her place at left back though she occasionally switched positions with the other outside back, Kelley O'Hara. Sonnett helped set up the late winner, but she was a turnover machine with a shocking display of aimless passing early in the second half. A bright spot again was Naomi Girma in her second start of the tournament, this time alongside Becky Sauerbrunn. She was firm in his duels and mostly calm on the ball..

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5
Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit) 156/3 (33)

6
Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave) 4/0 (22)

5
Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns) 205/0 (37)

4 
Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit) 68/0 (28)

MIDFIELDERS
The conditions certainly did the USA no favors. Playing in the Monterrey heat -- 93 degrees -- against an opponent desperate to find a way to stay in the tournament, the U.S. midfield was in a battle. But Andi SullivanLindsey Horan and Ashley Sanchez struggled to connect with each other and their teammates in dangerous positions. Sullivan was guilty of her share of bad passes. Horan took a beating, but more than that, simply looked tired. Sanchez played a big role in the game's late winner, winning the ball in tight quarters on the endline and laying it off to Taylor Kornieck.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
4
Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) 30/3 (26)

4
Lindsey Horan (Lyon, FRA) 114/25 (28)

5
Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit) 12/2 (23)

FORWARDS
Alex Morgan set the tone for the game 40 seconds in when she fired a 30-yard pass straight to Mexico keeper Itzel Gonzalez with no teammate in sight. Sophia Smith was a world-beater against Jamaica with two brilliant goals in the first eight minutes, but she was largely invisible against Mexico. In the 40th minute, Midge Purce set up Smith, who fired over the goal. In the 60th minute, Smith made a good run down the left channel but put her shot straight at Gonzalez. Purce was the USA's most dangerous player in the first half, hitting the post in the 15th minute and drawing a yellow card in the 34th minute. Besides serving up Smith, Purce created an open look in the 43rd minute for Horan, who fired her shot weakly into keeper Gonzalez's arms.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
6
Midge Purce (Gotham FC) 18/4 (26)

4
Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave) 194/117 (33)

4
Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns) 19/8 (21)

SUBSTITUTES
Three subs were involved on the winning goal. Sofia Huerta played the ball to the far corner of the penalty, where Sanchez played it off to Taylor Kornieck, whose centering pass Sonnett headed on goal. Gonzalez managed to push it up off the bottom of the crossbar to Kristie Mewis, who was ready for the rebound, which she bodied into the goal. Rose Lavelle was the victim of a vicious blow to her ankle that earned Jacqueline Ovalle a red card.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)
5 
Sofia Huerta (OL Reign) 17/0 (29)

5

Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign 191/62 (37)

6 

Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC) 43/7 (31)

4 
Rose Lavelle (OL Reign) 76/21 (27)

NR
Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave) 4/1 (23) 

TRIVIA: The USA has recorded 31 consecutive shutouts in World Cup and Olympic qualifying.

NEXT UP: The USA faces Costa Rica in Thursday's quarterfinals.

July 11 in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
Mexico 0 USA 1. Goal: K.Mewis 89.
Mexico -- Gonzalez; Robles (Sierra, 75), Ferral, Montero, Lopez; García, Delgado (Reyes, 76), Jaramillo (Ovalle, 61); Mayor, Cervantes (Ordonez, 61), M.Sanchez (Montoya, 85).
USA -- Murphy; O’Hara (Huerta,64), Girma, Sauerbrunn, Sonnett; Sullivan (K.Mewis, 64), Horan (Lavelle, 64), A.Sanchez; Purce, Morgan (Kornieck, 80), Smith (Rapinoe, 64).
Yellow Cards: Mexico -- Ferral 34, Robles 68; USA -- none.
Red card: Mexico -- Ovalle 73; USA -- none.
Referee: Myriam Marcotte (Canada).
Att.: 20,522.

Stats:
Mexico/USA
Shots: 5/15
Shots on target: 1/6
Saves: 5/1
Corner Kicks: 2/11
Fouls: 11/7
Offside: 0/2
Possession: 33%/67%

Photo: Brad Smith/ISI Photos

28 comments about "USA-Mexico Concacaf W Championship Player Ratings".
  1. Bob Ashpole, July 12, 2022 at 5:47 a.m.

    Mexico is ranked 26th. This is not a knock at Mexico. They have come a long way in a short time. The US played poorly and barely beat Mexico. At first they played disjointed and lethargic, then, after the subs in the second half, they just played disjointed. At one point in the second half after the subs came on, I saw the coach appear to be instructing the team to slow down play. Say what?

    This is the worst that I recall the USWNT has ever played. How far the program has fallen since the men took over the program. 

    I don't see the problem being the player pool. It is talented. It has been 2 years and these new managers and coaches still haven't figured out how to run the program. A program that was running great when they took over. If I was in charge, this match would have been their last chance. How far does the program have to fall before USSF takes action? I hope they wake up faster than England did in the 1950S. 

    The officials by the way rate a zero for their performance. A grade 8 could see that ejection coming long before it happened. Talk about persistent fouling, two US players were brought down from behind on the same play right in front of the center and no caution. I hope nobody was injured.

  2. stewart hayes replied, July 12, 2022 at 8:13 a.m.

    Agree with you this is the worst play from the WNT I have seen as well.  USSF better take it as a clear warning and make changes. 

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, July 12, 2022 at 6:37 p.m.

    Ho Humm,,, or should I Say; UH OH.!?!?!?
    "A new Bucket for Monsieur, and ze Cleaning Woman"
    Preferebly one that can Play some Creative, Attractive Soccer.
    It's getting Hard to say; "Just Win Baby, Win" 
    When our Play is so Obviously headed in the Wrong Direction..!!!
    If It wasn't for a Missed Offside Call, it would have been a Tie.
    We In a World(Cup) of Hurt, if we have to Play against any of the Top Euro Teams.
    Even the Chile v Paraguay, from Copa America Feminina had more Skill and Entertainment than that watching that "Paint Dry" on the USA v Mexico game.
    We are So Predictable, Plodding, Slow... "PLAY THE WAY YOU ARE FACING" 
    Even our Turbo is Bad.!!!
    We should Still Qualify for Olympics, because CANADA is WORSE, than USA...
    But it's still a 50/50 Crap Shoot... (watch, we Lose to Costa Rica...)


    Santiago 1314 replied, July 8, 2022 at 5:23 p.m.

    In the Immortal words of Monty Python; 
    "Better, Better Get Me a BUCKET.!!!"
    Ho Humm... Rinse, Lather, Repeat...

    Santiago 1314, July 4, 2022 at 11:51 p.m.


     


    Ho Humm... A Warm-Up for the Next Warm-Up Game.!!!
    Don't Forget Gals.!?!?!?
    JUST WIN BABY, WIN.!!!

    Anybody been watching the Women's Euros.???
    See just a Little bit of Difference in the Speed of Play, TWITCH, Athleticism, PASSION.!!!
    We in a World (Cup) of Hurt if our Play Continues like this.!!!


  4. R2 Dad replied, July 12, 2022 at 9:52 p.m.

    That Canadian center ref does a lot of international matches but her league play is in Canada. Cant they hire her for NWSL, in order to get higher level matches on a regular basis? 

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, July 13, 2022 at 12:19 a.m.

    Santi, I don't think Sonnett was offside, but it was close. I wondered too until I saw the back on the opposite side of the goal. The opposing left back was several yards deeper but was running upfield just before the kick was taken. I don't think she made it far enough to place Sonnett in an offside position prior to the kick. It was close enough though that there was no justification for a video review.

    Just looking at Sonnett's marker, one could think that Sonnett may have had her foot an inch past her markers foot, but that really requires a good camera angle to tell the difference. None were available that I saw. To see that type of tiny measurements was not the intent behind video review, even if they had a perfect camera angle.

    Regardless I held my breath until play restarted.

  6. John Elliot, July 12, 2022 at 6:20 a.m.

    Two things stood out for me:

    1) The corner kicks were a mess. Both Rapinoe and Sullivan were awful. 


    2) Smith and Purce seemed lost and disoriented. They were barely aware of their team mates moves on the field and they only seemed interested when they had the ball. A terrible waste of talent. 

  7. Kerry Solomon, July 12, 2022 at 7:03 a.m.

    Ball control and passing were atrocious.  I've seen better passing in u-14 youth matches

  8. frank schoon, July 12, 2022 at 9:07 a.m.

    I'm going to watch about 30min. of it this morning. I just saw the highlights and the first thing they need is to get rid of this damn,dark ,ugly uniforms, it 's depressing, Garbage!!! This kit would keep Dracula away. We are the best team or one of the best teams in the world and we BETTER have color combination that comes out ,that shows, that brightens up...that this is who we are.

    Remember when Pele came with Santos of Brazil to visit, the all white kit they wore was so regal, it stood out...it was Santo and Pele. Real Madrid, same way, their white kit says it all. 

    It's not about 'white' but about the color that shows and says who we are.....

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 2:50 p.m.

    I suspect that USSF selects uniforms that they think will make it harder for opponents to see our players, i.e., colors and patterns that will not stand out. They forget that soccer is a team sport.

  10. frank schoon replied, July 12, 2022 at 3:19 p.m.

    Bob, yeah, maybe we'll get a kit that makes the player...we're doing a good job of it already...

  11. frank schoon replied, July 12, 2022 at 3:20 p.m.

    Bob, meant to say ,a kit make you invisible

  12. frank schoon, July 12, 2022 at 9:53 a.m.

    Ok, that's enough, I can't take any more than 10min of this garbage. Did anyone notice the color of the jerseys our coaching staff wore-RED!! It was like a fire engine red,it really shows up.. This is the color our girls should be wearing. That's a start!!!! Psychologically, watching Mexico wear their white kit,  I sort of ,unconsciously, was rooting for them, not realizing it was Mexico, because of the color. I saw Dracula, laying behind our goal, with a stake in his heart...must have killed himself.....

    Again,tactically, when building up, our backline just doesn't know when to hold on to the ball and when to pass it. The passing and movement is so slow and the passing doesn't create tempo, and it doesn't beat an opponents.

    Our backline, that's not only in girls soccer but boys as well and at every level, passes the ball square, like with the centerbacks, when the nearest opponent, meaning their frontline is so far way that you need binoculars to see them, that any pass in the backfield ,horizontally or mostly horizontally, has NO EFFECT ON THE OPPONENTS!!!!!  Theoretically ,they  could sit in wheelchairs in a distance by the midline and just move where the ball goes....

    The only effect on the opponents is that they are given plenty of time to ADJUST to our ball movement in the back, which shouldn't be the case...And what makes it even worse, TECHNICALLY, speaking, is how the girls pass the ball. They have no feel or touch on the ball. Upon passing the ball , it looks like their hips are in a cast....They need to loosen up...Send these girls to Jamaica for summer, and play with some Reggea boys...

    The problem with the women is that they never play 'PICKUP' soccer throughout their development years. They lack a certain looseness in their body because they learned at a club, with programmed coaches ,who themselves are a bunch of 'STIFFS. This is why it was a joy to watch the Brazilian 'Sissy ' play. The lack of pickup ,I think, has a direct connection to the girls also getting injured where boys don't for the girls lack the anticipation feeling of the game ,as well.

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  13. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.

    Frank, while I agree that technical skill limits what a player can accomplish, I see everything you complained of as a coaching instruction (or lack of a proper one). Don't tell me that you can't take over any team of pre-team girls and have them playing better soccer in 3 to 4 weeks. Because I could do that myself for a majority of teams and I don't consider myself much of a trainer. Generations ago the English FA taught us that nothing good comes of FA meddling in the technical aspects of the sport.

  14. frank schoon replied, July 12, 2022 at 3:16 p.m.

    Bob, I agree with you on that point that you can improve a team in the manner of play in 4weeks...I mean it is a start but I don't see anything. I think you and I can do a much better job than the garbage of play I see out there

  15. frank schoon, July 12, 2022 at 10:14 a.m.

    Watching Horan play, what I notice in her game is that she needs to pick her 'game' up, a step I think she has the most talent on the whole team but doesn't use it for she's never been taught, she's just coasting out there.... Her passes don't created speed or Tempo. Anybody can pass a ball, but what is more important what does the pass create; does it create space somewhere because the opponent are forced to counter by moving and leaving space, or does it create speed or maintain speed by the manner in how the ball is passed, etc....The little detail of how the ball is passed, to which foot, to which side, to which space can mean a world of difference, but somehow I can't contribute these aspect to Horan's actions....She needs to step her game up for she has the talent for it.

    I like to see Horan as rightmid, between, Purce, and O'hara, for that would be bring more balance on the right flank. This is no knock on Lavelle who as a leftfooter can play leftmid. But you can't have O'Hara, Lavelle, and Purce, who are so similar in style that they will end up cancelling each other's abilities at times. You need a control center like a Horan, who is very stable and can send players...This would give Horan also the option to pass to Lavelle to the other side and because she's right footed the ballmovement would be a lot faster in the 'switch'.

    Purce has some capabilities , I need to watch her more for she's obviously better than what else has played on the rightside ,excluding Heath....

  16. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 2:48 p.m.

    Horan is not 100% fit. These matches are not helping her recovery.

  17. frank schoon replied, July 12, 2022 at 3:14 p.m.

    Bob, I realize that Horan is not 100% fit, but my description of her play is all season and not just this game.  Her role in this game was not Turbo, making runs everwhere, I just wanted to see her improve the quality of passes she makes

  18. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 5:53 p.m.

    I am not really defending Horan as much as not wanting to single her out. The entire team stunk. Again. When we did finally score, the ball was bodied into the goal.

  19. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 5:56 p.m.

    About her injury, she didn't play for two months and then came back in March, if my memory is correct. So yes, she has been subpar all year.

  20. Kimrey Rhinehardt, July 12, 2022 at 12:53 p.m.

    Correction: the LB is EMiLY Fox - not Taylor Fox.

  21. Chance Hall, July 12, 2022 at 2:28 p.m.

    Happy that the the U s women won last night. Not happy about the way they played. Mexico played better with 10 than we did with 11.  Still don't think peeno should be on the team. Waste of a spot. Horrible corners, couldn't get past the first defenders. And she continues to pass better to the opponents than her teammates. Put her out to pasture. The young guns are the future there's no denying that. But - they need game time together. They need to play the same position more than once and together. Just look at Germany, France, England and Spain. They've obviously figured the youth/experience equation out. 

  22. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 2:55 p.m.

    You interpret what you saw as Rapinoe providing poor service. I interpret it as broken restart plays and an attempted shot on goal that missed. The USSF coaches control the restart plays.

  23. Chance Hall, July 12, 2022 at 4:19 p.m.

    Bob don't think so. Watched her in several games now and seen the same poor corners and extremely bad passes. Don't think we can blame the coaches for that. Time marches on and good players know when it's time to move on. They also know when they're hurting their team. Give that slot to a younger player. 

  24. Bob Ashpole replied, July 12, 2022 at 5:47 p.m.

    I agree Rapinoe has a really bad game last time. To aggravate the bad day, she was trying to drop into the midfield and assume a playmaking role. And her dead ball skills were definitely subpar. That is why she didn't take the penalty. I put it down to lack of playing time.

    On the bright side, O'Hara continues to be the best outside back. We need 3 more of her quality. 

    Did you see Sonnett attempt to tackle Rapinoe while she was shielding the ball to kill off the final minutes? What a grade school move by an international. 

  25. James Madison, July 12, 2022 at 7:57 p.m.

    The worst,.sloppiest US performance in the tournament, at least so far.  I have to believe at some of it was the game plan---send long, hopeful passes over the top on the assumption that Mexico defenders cannot keep[ with the likes of Smith, Morgan, and Purce.  Problem: the long, hopeful passes were waaay too long and, when not, went to solo players who were quickly overtaken in numbrs.  As an altyernative, try long, hopeful ground passes to to someone in an 8, 9, or 10 position and  1 v. 3 with little or no hope  to turn the ball outside to an onrushing 7 or 11.  OK, so try the alternative of passing to no one.  My guess also is that the Lavelle is down because the clamps are on her, even though she is at her best when she is free to express herself. As others have written, the need is for quicker, better decisions, both on and off the ball.  Less coach control; more player playing.

  26. James Madison, July 12, 2022 at 7:59 p.m.

    P.S.  It may have been 97 degrees on the field, but it was the same for the Mexico players.  

  27. Michael Whalen, July 12, 2022 at 11:49 p.m.

    The Euros competition is on another level. The creativity, speed of play, player movement, technical skill and strategy is exceptionally higher than what the US is playing right now. It's not even close. This coach has ruined this team.

  28. Bob Ashpole replied, July 13, 2022 at 12:23 a.m.

    It isn't just him. He is coaching the way USSF managers tell him. Just replacing the coach won't help as long as USSF continues to meddle.

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