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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248467 Hope Solo, goalkeeper Hope+Solo%2C+goalkeeper+ USA

For the first 90 minutes, Solo wasn’t at her best. It’s never a good day in the office when you let in three goals; on the second score Solo reacted too slow and watched the ball float past her. But in extra time, Solo was strong and key in helping keep Canada off the scoreboard. She came off her line to grab crosses when her defenders were too tired to clear them, and helped motivate her exhausted teammates.

 

Rating: 6

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248466 Christie Rampone, defender Christie+Rampone%2C+defender USA

The USA captain kept her back line together, even in the final desperate, exhausted moments of extra time. Canada didn’t have much left in their legs, but neither did the US. Rampone’s solid performance preserved the clean sheet in extra time when it would have been all too easy to make a mistake and let in an ugly goal.

 

Rating: 5

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31246856 Rachel Buehler, defender Rachel+Buehler%2C+defender USA

Buehler and Rampone get better and better with each game. Their communication has improved greatly since the opening match against France, and they showed resilience today in holding off the always-dangerous Sinclair. The big test will be Japan on Thursday, but if she puts in another strong effort, the US defense will be in good shape.


Rating: 5
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31246852 Kelley O'Hara, defender Kelley+O%27Hara%2C+defender USA

O’Hara held her own again on Monday against Canada. The US defender is steadily improving throughout the tournament, and if this trend continues through Thursday, she will have no problem matching up against Japan’s feisty attackers. O’Hara also had the assist on Rapinoe’s second goal, contributing to the offense as well as the defense.

 

Rating: 5
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248465 Amy LePeilbet, defender Amy+LePeilbet%2C+defender USA

Despite letting in a goal, the US defense had a great first half and LePelibet was a big part of that. Canada’s attack -- specifically Christine Sinclair — was a constant threat. LePeilbet had a strong outing on the backline, and will need to rest up and recover for what will be a fierce battle with Japan on Thursday.

 

Rating: 4
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31246854 Carli Lloyd, midfielder Carli+Lloyd%2C+midfielder USA

Lloyd held down the midfield with Cheney, putting in a strong effort all match. The US dominated possession for most of the game, and a huge part of that was thanks to Lloyd and Cheney in the center of the field. Lloyd continues to have a great tournament.

 

Rating: 7.5
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248471 Tobin Heath, midfielder Tobin+Heath%2C+midfielder USA

The young winger put in a decent performance on Monday, making great runs up and down the flank all game and penetrating the Canadian defense. This rising star could have a break out game against Japan in the final on Thursday…that is of course, if she isn’t overshadowed by Morgan or Rapinoe. Heath will need to step against the Japanese.

 

Rating: 5.

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248469 Lauren Cheney, midfielder Lauren+Cheney%2C+midfielder USA

The 24-year old midfielder held down the middle of the pitch on Monday, helping the USA control the ball and making Canada chase all match long. It was no wonder the Canadians started dropping faster than the US in extra time; the hard work of the US midfield in regular time forced them to expend a lot of their energy early in the game. Cheney was a large part of that effort.


Rating: 6
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248470 Megan Rapinoe, midfielder Megan+Rapinoe%2C+midfielder USA

Without a doubt, Rapinoe was the player of the match on Monday. Yes, Alex Morgan scored the dramatic game-winning goal, but it was Rapinoe who kept the USA in this one. She scored two second half goals to get the Americans back into it and was constantly serving up fantastic crosses into the box. The best game of the tournament so far for Rapinoe, and if she can put in another performance like this one against Japan, the USA can win gold.


Rating: 9
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248473 Abby Wambach, forward Abby+Wambach%2C+forward USA

Wambach had a fantastic game. The USWNT veteran scored the penalty kick to equalize for the US in the second half, and was a force to be reckoned with in the box on every free kick they took. She kept the Canadian defenders busy, freeing up space for Morgan to make runs. Wambach was the offensive rock for the US yet again, and will need to put in one more strong performance to take down Japan on Thursday.


Rating: 7
 

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248475 Alex Morgan, forward Alex+Morgan%2C+forward USA

The USA’s golden girl stepped up big time. Morgan had an excellent outing even before her game-winning goal in extra time, but that perfect header was the icing on the cake for the young striker. Morgan rose above the tired Canadian defense as Heather O’Reilly’s cross came in, and she headed it home. A stellar match from the rising star, capped with an incredibly clutch goal.

 

Rating: 8.5.

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USA 2737 8 Canada 3-4 USWNT - Player Ratings 31248474 Christiana Pedersen, referee Christiana+Pedersen%2C+referee+ USA

Pedersen played a crucial role at Old Trafford, awarding a penalty kick that questionable at best. She missed multiple calls, which is not acceptable at this level. Pedersen’s performance left a lot to be desired.


Rating: 3
 

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