The USA women’s national team advanced to the Olympic semifinals on a penalty kick against the Netherlands. Vivanne Miedema scored for the Netherlands in regulation, while Lynn Williams and Sam Mewis scored goals over 90 minutes for Team USA. Alyssa Naeher made three penalty kicks, one in regulation and two during the shootout, while Rose Lavelle, Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Megan Rinoe converted their penalties to go 4-2 over Holland.
Let’s look at our player and coach ratings from the American perspective. Ratings are based on a 1-10 scale with a 1 representing an early red card draw and a 10 being a hat-trick type, or in this case-a three-penalty saver-type game.
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USWNT Player Ratings
Alyssa Naeher (GK)
Good positioning and distribution during the game. Recovered two goals, including a dubious moment on the second goal from Miedema. Was, however, a huge factor in maintaining and rebuilding momentum for the team on a penalty kick save late in the match. Come up with, not one, but two amazing penalty saves during the shootout. Another result for the team if she is not in goal.
Kelley O’Hara (DEF)
Made her return to the lineup after a player rotation kept her out of the previous game. She was active on the flank and closed space during the regulation as the team returned their high press. Surrendered a dangerous penalty late in regulation and was rescued by Naeher and understandably understood deep into extra time.
Becky Sauerbrunn (DEF)
Slotted back in the defensive line after player rotation in the previous match. Helped keep the defense organized and did well by helping to spread out of the back when needed, but had dangerous moments as she tried to position herself against the deadly Miedema.
Abby Dahlkemper (DEF)
Slotted back in the back line after getting a rest day in the previous match. Did not have the best mark on the opening goal from Miedema, and had some questionable moments during the 120 minutes.
Crystal Dunn (DEF)
Fourth start in a row for Dunn in the Olympics. She was active in the counter-press while making good defensive refunds throughout the match, especially in extra time making overlapping runs for Rinoe along the flank.
Sam Mewis (MID)
Had her best game so far at the Olympics. Key figure in midfield for the team as she combined well in attack and had the opening goal in regulation.
Julie Ertz (MID)
Got another start and went all 120 in this one, again consolidating her place as an important cornerstone in XI. Had a role in playing connector and disruptor throughout the game, connecting with the back line and the ever-changing rotated front line.
Lindsey Horan (MID)
Did not make her presence felt at first along with big matches from Mewis and Ertz, but was somehow more active and really turned things around on the pitch in extended playing time for the team.
Lynn Williams (FWD)
Got its first Olympic start and was active from the opening whistle, directly attacking the opposition’s backline and dominating the wing. Recorded the assist on Mewis’ goal and noted the goal prior to the break in regulation.
Carli Lloyd (FWD)
Despite taking the time to get into the game, she had good movement from the ball as Williams and Heath worked on the wings but did not get the most out of their time on the pitch to end opportunities.
Tobin Heath (FWD)
Got start up top with Williams and Lloyd and combined well on the flank in the team’s high press with Dunn and others. Almost had the opening goal, but the timing of her run kept her offside.
Mewis (63 minutes)
She was able to play louder in the attack. Connected well with the Press and Morgan, and opened the way up for Horan to become more involved in games as well. Converted his penalty kick during the shootout.
Williams (63 minutes)
She had a quick influence from the bench and navigated the top line with Morgan and Rinoe. Helped swing momentum back during stretches of second half and extra time. Like many others on the team, she also had a goal called back to offside, but converted her penalty kick during the shootout.
Lloyd (63 minutes)
She became an instant target for her team as she made room for teammates as Dutch defenders tried to mark her. Almost broke through on goal from a defensive error, but was ruled offside. Converted his penalty kick during the shootout.
Hede (56 min.)
She earned some set pieces for the team but had poor service during the final stretches of the match. Fought defensively as the match continued but converted the winning penalty kick to seal the shootout victory.
Rolled out his fourth different starting XI (4-3-3) and made rotational subs for his original lineup again. Made a good decision to start Lynn Williams and got the team playing at a familiar pace and an effective high press. Made four substitutions in the match in an attempt to lock things in regulation, and despite needing penalties to secure a place in the semifinals, the team finally looks like a familiar USWNT that people are used to seeing.