The United States women's national team defeated New Zealand 6-1 in the teams' second match at the Tokyo Olympics. It is the first win for the USWNT in the Olympics with one more group game remaining against Australia. 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.
USWNT Player Ratings
|Name||Minutes||How did they do?||Rating|
(GK) Alyssa Naeher
She was faced with different challenges against New Zealand than Sweden, and kept things scoreless in the first half turning away a couple of counterattacks. The one goal conceded wasn't her fault after a bad defensive giveaway. Overall solid performance.
(DEF) Emily Sonnett
Got the start out on the right flank in place of Kelley O'Hara and attempted to get involved in the attack but mostly was more defensive minded. She needed the full 90 minutes to get going into the match and had better second half vs the first and led the team in interceptions.
(DEF) Abby Dahlkemper
Connected better when playing out of the back with her teammates than against Sweden but still had questionable positioning in her second consecutive start. Had a difficult time when faced with a rare moment of pressure from New Zealand where she made a poor clearance and defensive recovery that led to New Zealand's goal.
(DEF) Tierna Davidson
Solid game in her Olympic debut. Slotted along the backline at center back for Becky Sauerbrunn. Led all defenders in passes with 78 and accuracy with 88% and had five total five with two interceptions.
(DEF) Crystal Dunn
(MID) Lindsey Horan
⚽ 45' Looked far more comfortable playing higher rather than at the base of midfield where she started against Sweden. Score on a header just ahead of halftime and connected well with the midfield and top line.
(MID) Julie Ertz
Played a full 90 with the team for the first time since April and was a key figure in the midfield and on the pitch. Was a central cog connecting the backline and frontlines during the match. Had the assist on goals from Horan and Press.
(MID) Rose Lavelle
⚽ 9' Helped the team immediately establish tempo from the first whistle, and was active on the pitch in both attacking and marking defensively. Scored the opening goal of the tie in the 9th minute of the match.
(FWD) Tobin Heath
Second consecutive Olympic start for the winger. Had the assist on the opening goal to Lavelle and connected well with teammates in the attack and was the only forward to play the full 90 for the team.
(FWD) Carli Lloyd
First start of the Olympics, and had a very active first half and remained an option for her teammates but timing was off on runs with three offside calls today.
(FWD) Megan Rapinoe
Got the start up top with Lloyd and Heath and did well to find space early and tried to create her own shot. Got the first attempt in front of goal for the team and earned some corners down the flank. Delivered the corner that ultimately led to Horan's goal.
|Substitutes||Replaced||How did they do?||Rating|
(SUB 1) Sam Mewis
Kept the tempo going in the midfield as she had good movement off the ball and was able to play deeper when needed.
(SUB 2) Christen Press
⚽ 80' Huge impact for the team off the bench, made her presence felt in the final third immediately as she both set up teammates , picking up an assist and also scoring a goal of her own.
(SUB 3) Alex Morgan
⚽ 88' Came off the bench in place of Lloyd and scored a goal in a limited window of time. Can't really complain about that.
|(SUB 4) Catarina Macario||Lindsey Horan||Not enough time to make an impact, but earned first Olympic appearance.||N/A|
|(SUB 5) Casey Kreuger||Crystal Dunn||Not enough time to make an impact, but earned first Olympic appearance.||N/A|
|Manager||Subs used||How did the manager do?||Rating|
Made multiple rotations to his initial starting lineup, expanded his roster to include more players, and continued to make adjustments throughout the game. The team appeared to respond well to his coaching and after unexpectedly ending up in a must win scenario and they delivered