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Tokyo Olympics USWNT Player Ratings: USA’s attack is once again absent as bronze medal match awaits

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The United States women’s national team lost 1-0 to Canada in the OIympic semifinals. The two long-time Concacaf rivals went head to head for a spot in the gold medal final, and for the first time in 20 years Canada came out ahead as Jessie Flemming was the difference maker converting a penalty to win the match. 

The USWNT engaged in a physical match against the Canadians, with their midfielders often isolated. The front line struggled with their attack, failing to look lethal in the final third at times, and their defenders extending runs in an effort to spearhead attacks. The loss means U.S. will now feature in the bronze medal match on August 5, but 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 hat-trick level type of game.

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USWNT Player Ratings

(GK) Alyssa Naeher

30

Not enough time on the pitch to ultimately have an impact, was subbed out of the game after making a play the ball and had to leave the game with a knee injury.

N/A

(DEF) Kelley O’Hara

80

Strong opening 10 minutes of the match and first fifteen minutes of the second half, tried to get higher up the pitch as the midfield got isolated a bit, but didn’t make great choices in distribution when on the end of those higher runs. Didn’t combine as well in the attack with the front line as typically asked of her position.

5

(DEF)  Becky Saurebrunn

90

Good positioning throughout the match, and had a solid partnership with Davidson during long stretches. Tried to help the team playout of the back at times with the midfield struggling to connect, but distribution on her higher runs fizzled out at times. 

6

(DEF) Tierna Davidson

90

Virtually perfect except for that moment. But then that moment happened. Had a solid 70 minutes keeping things organized in the back with Sauerbrunn and had strong recoveries throughout. Was on the poor end of a tough penalty call, but still remained active on the pitch despite the call.   

7

(DEF) Crystal Dunne

90

Fifth consecutive start for Dunn during the Olympics, and was on the flank early in the match but stepped into midfield playing more narrow at times. Didn’t have a ton of support on overlapping runs, and tried to make presence felt when drifting further into the midfield.

6.5

(MID) Rose Lavelle

90

Not the best game attacking wise as Canada forced the midfield into more isolated areas. Was tasked with more defensive responsibilities, limiting her ability to get more heavily involved in the attack.

5.5

(MID) Julie Ertz

90

Struggled to be the connector as Canada presented more physicality in the midfield during the match. Didn’t connect on key passes, and what she lacked in distribution she tried to make up for in the final third on set pieces, but no results to show for that.

5

(MID) Lindsey Horan

90

Struggled in the dual position in the midfield around Ertz, and had to exert more energy on defensive responsibilities in the match. Had better moments in the second half, but not enough to provide a constant threat.

5

(FWD) Lynn Williams

60

Made another Olympic start after good movement in the attack during the previous match. Had a strong opening 10 minutes and better opening 15 minutes in the second half but was unable to establish herself a lethal threat in front of goal. Rating: 5.5  

5.5

(FWD) Alex Morgan

61

Needed some time working her way into the match, and didn’t quite get there after having to navigate things lower on the pitch. took some punishment in a physical game, but never looked to present any real challenges to Canada in the attacking third.

5

(FWD) Tobin Heath

60

Got the start up top with Williams and Morgan and was better in the second half with them than the first. Tried to provide some extra support on the flank with Dunn, but not a ton of opportunities to establish any real threat in front of goal.

5

(SUB 1) Adrianna Franch

Alyssa Naeher

Entered the match in place of an injured Naeher and had to settle in immediately. Was vocal with the back line in an effort to keep the defense organized, and guessed correctly on the penalty kick attempt but just couldn’t get the save.

7

(SUB 2) Megan Rapinoe

Tobin Heath

Slotted in along the left side for a different look in the attack but struggled to provide any offensive threat as Canada’s Ashley Lawrence kept her at bay during the second half and she resorted to pumping crosses into the box late while chasing the match

5.5

(SUB 3) Carli Lloyd

Alex Morgan

Did a good job to try and get a look on goal immediately after subbing into the match and recorded shots on goal for the team after the attack produced zero in the first half. Had the better of chances in front of goal, just didn’t get in the back of the net.

6

(SUB 4) Christen Press Subbed along the right flank in the second half combined well with O’Hara. Contributed immediately after coming on and helped cover lots of ground but wasn’t able to change up the game in the final third despite some good moments in the final third. 5.5
(SUB 5) Sam Mewis Came on in a desperate attempt to chase the match. Not enough time to make an impact. N/A

Vlatko Andonovski

5

Has remained consistent with his player rotation and in game substitutions throughout matches, but general underperformance from the team has left more questions than answers throughout every game this tournament. Attack has looked lackluster, and he has one final game to get some different offensive looks for the team ahead of the bronze medal game.

5



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