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2020 Tokyo Olympics: USWNT player ratings in Australia draw, Davidson and defense shines, attack absent

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The United States women’s national team closed out their group play with a 0-0 draw against Australia. The result secures second place in Group G for the USWNT, and the team will now face the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Let’s take a look at some player and coach ratings from the game. Ratings are based on 1-10 scale with a 1 representing an early red card send off and a 10 is a historically great performance during the biggest moments.

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USWNT Ratings

(GK) Alyssa Naeher

90

AStarted all three group matches and picked up a clean sheet in the final match of group play against Australia. Good positioning throughout the game and showed off her distribution.

7.5

(DEF) Kelley O’hara

90

Made her return to the line up after some player rotation in the previous game. Not much of a threat in the first half but made her presence felt more in the second half.

5

(DEF) Becky Sauerbrunn

90

Slotted back into the defensive line after player rotation in the previous match. Helped keep the defense organized and had a good center back partnership with Davidson patrolling the back line.

7

(DEF) Tierna Davidson

90

Second start for Davidson after coming into the XI against New Zealand. Looked comfortable, was reliable in eliminating the attacking threat from Kerr and the Matildas top line, and strong in connecting passes out of the back. Player of the match.

7.5

(DEF) Crystal Dunn

90

Dunn was one of only two outfield players to start all three matches during the group stage. Played well defensively at outside back but conservative game plan meant she rarely attacked…which is her specialty.

7

(MID) Sam Mewis

65

Had difficulty helping the team retain possession and passing was disjointed. Appeared to have trouble with some of Australia’s press and struggled to ever dominate in the midfield. Was subbed out just past the hour mark.

5

(MID) Julie Ertz

90

Got another start in the group stage and played a full 90 with the team which means the player coming off injury has already logged 225 minutes. Applied pressure against Australia’s high press in an attempt to disrupt while trying to help generate attack with the top line.

7

(MID) Rose Lavelle

88

Didn’t really get going in the game with the team playing in such a low block, but had good movement off the ball. Picked up a yellow but on a smart foul to prevent a breakaway.

6.5

(FWD) Christen Press

74

Covered more ground defensively, on both wings as the team tried to make adjustments in the attack. Had some promising moments in dangerous areas but couldn’t convert.

6

(FWD) Alex Morgan

74

Had the best chances in front of goal for Team USA early in the game, and connected on a header off a corner kick, but the goal was disallowed after VAR confirmed she was offside.

6.5

(FWD) Megan Rapinoe

65

Got the start up top with Morgan and Press after some rotation last match. Didn’t connect well in the attack and struggled on the flank against Ellie Carpenter and Mary Fowler. Picked up a yellow card just before halftime. 

5

(SUB 1) Lindsey Horan

Mewis

Subbed on for Mewis and was able to play higher in the attack. Got involved pretty quickly and her passing helped but unable to generate or breakthrough on goal.

6.5

(SUB 2) Tobin Heath

Rapinoe

Provided a different look in the attack for the top line, and combined well with Horan, but didn’t make shake Australia’s backline with her presence on the pitch.

5

(SUB 3) Carli Lloyd

Morgan

Got after the ball, but wasn’t given enough time to make an impact, especially as the team was looking to kill the game and preserve a draw

5

(SUB 4) Lynn Williams Press Not enough time to make an impact, but did get her first official Olympic appearance 5
(SUB 5) Kristie Mewis Lavelle Not enough time to make an impact N/A

Vlatko Andonovski

5

Vlatko Andonovski: Made multiple rotations to his initial starting lineup once again and utilized all five subs throughout the match. Says he tasked the team with ensuring they achieved the draw against Australia to advance, but the squad looked uncomfortable doing so playing uncharacteristically low. Into the knockout rounds now.

5



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