Player Ratings from USA match vs. Canada

Player Ratings from USA match vs. Canada
by ESNN
August 7, 2012

Before we get to the player ratings of United State Women’s National Team in its 4-3 win over Canada Tuesday at the Olympic Games, two points about the match:

  1. This U.S. team wrote the book when it comes to fighting spirit. As with the World Cup last year, there is absolutely no quit in the group. They are really, REALLY strong, mentally.  It’s an obvious comment to make, I know, but they have this quality in remarkable quantity.
  2. The referee’s call to award the indirect free kick for the goalkeeper holding the ball too long, which led to the award of a penalty for the U.S. (and I say this as an unapologetic U.S. Women’s National Team fan), in that situation was absolutely dreadful.

On to the ratings (scale of 1-10 with 10 being perfect).

usa vs canada soccer olympicsUSA's Lauren Cheney

Hope Solo, Goalkeeper: 6  - Nothing spectacular either way.

Rachel Buehler, Defender:  5 - Got taken apart by Christine Sinclair on the opening Canadian goal. Couldn’t mark Sinclair on the header for the third.

Christie Rampone, Defender: 6 – Not a great game for the defense but she was a leader for this group.

Amy LePeilbet, Defender: 5  - Came off the line early on the third Canadian goal.  Not a strong game overall

Kelley O’Hara, Defender: 5 - Couldn’t match Sinclair in the air on the second goal and also beaten on the first goal. Her best value to the team is always going forward down the wing.

Megan Rapinoe, Midfielder: 8 - Always a lionheart, the opening U.S. goal was more on Canada then about her serve, but scored a good second goal and she was a constant threat.

Carlie Lloyd, Midfielder: 6 - Skinned by Tancredi before the cross on the second goal. Central midfield bypassed a good bit during this match.

Tobin Heath, Midfielder:  7 - Best 1v1 attacker on the field. Has a great understanding in attack with Cheney and Morgan.

Lauren Cheney, Midfielder: 7 -  Excellent soccer brain. Played intelligent balls and in good position, but too often the U.S. attacking style was to hit it over her head.

Alex Morgan, Forward: 7 – Her running was very valuable to the team and she played a couple of dangerous balls. And oh yeah, she scored kind of an important goal at the end.

Abby Wambach, Forward: 6 – Scored a match-tying penalty and brings the most physical presence of all, but missed a couple of very good chances to score earlier.

Substitutes

Sydney Leroux, Forward: 6.

Heather O’Reilly, Midfielder:  7 – Hit the cross on the winning goal after a moment of madness from Canada, heading the ball back and forth in their own end instead of clearing it.

Becky Sauerbrunn, Defender: 6 – Made an important play with the ball bouncing around the U.S. penalty area in extra time.

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