Participant scores as USWNT eradicated from World Cup on penalties

The US had been eradicated from the Ladies’s World Cup by Sweden on penalties (5-4) within the final 16 after a 0-0 stalemate throughout common and additional time.

A dramatic ending noticed Sophia Smith, Kelley O’Hara and Megan Rapinoe miss their makes an attempt at hand the victory to Sweden.

Head coach Vlatko Andonosvki made formation adjustments to the beginning lineup, choosing a 4-2-3-1 and introducing Emily Sonnett to the midfield for the primary time this event. The changes served the American staff properly, showing extra linked and unified than in any earlier efficiency. Sonnett’s inclusion particularly supplied a much-needed construction within the midfield to stabilize the staff as a complete and encourage offensive transitions.

Trinity Rodman and Lindsey Horan each noticed alternatives at purpose, however the US didn’t convert any shut efforts within the first half. The captain maintained the momentum following the half-time whistle, rocketing a shot earlier than Swedish goalkeeper Zećira Mušović made a implausible effort to ship the ball broad. The USWNT repeatedly pushed towards the ultimate third, however merely could not discover the purpose.

Mušović proved completely very important for Sweden, denying each alternative by the American staff to pressure further time at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. And her stellar efficiency continued via to penalties.

The Swedish lastly made historical past by triumphing within the first set of penalties of the event to remove the reigning champions.

Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe featured vs. Sweden. / Robert Cianflone/GettyImages

GK: Alyssa Naeher – 9/10  Made saves all through the match, penalties and scored her personal. Can not ask far more of her.

RB: Emily Fox – 8/10 – A stable efficiency, reliable on the again however aggressive pushing ahead.

CB: Julie Ertz – 8/10  One other nice exhibiting alongside Girma, loopy to assume this duo hadn’t performed collectively earlier than the WC.

CB: Naomi Girma – 9/10  The whole lot in all places . However actually, a continuing nice all through the pitch in each World Cup recreation.

LB: Crystal Dunn – 6.5/10  Wildly inconsistent. Regarded misplaced on a number of events whereas making essential defensive errors.

CM: Emily Sonnett – 8/10  An important addition to the beginning lineup. Offered much-needed stability to the midfield whereas being reliable on protection. Additionally linked properly with Sullivan.

DM: Andi Sullivan – 7.5/10 – Arguably her finest recreation but, working seamlessly properly with Sonnett. Additionally scored her penalty.

CM: Lindsey Horan (c) – 7/10  A few goalscoring alternatives, however nothing ought to masks the small errors made to lose the ball. However scored her penalty.

RW: Trinity Rodman – 8/10 – On a minutes restriction in any other case would’ve stayed on, however she was among the best gamers on the pitch for 60+ minutes. A inventive pressure on the assault, managed a pair alternatives.

ST: Alex Morgan – 6/10  Virtually invisible but once more. A horrible event from the veteran.

LW: Sophia Smith – 7.5/10  Lacked impression. She fended off defenders and impressed slight inventive moments, however the participant was nowhere close to the extent the USWNT wanted her to be. Missed medical finishes and her penalty.


Lynn Williams (65′ for Rodman) – 7/10  A contemporary pair of legs and her velocity ought to’ve impressed the purpose, however her crosses had been continuously met by nobody.

Megan Rapinoe (98′ for Morgan) – 4/10 Regarded off tune when capturing and missed her penalty.

Kristie Mewis (119′ for Morgan) – 10/10 – Got here in, scored her penalty.

Kelley O’Hara (119′ for Morgan) – 1/10 – Got here off the bench to overlook her penalty.


Vlatko Andonovski – 5/10 – No subs but once more. A horrible exhibiting.

Participant of the match – Naomi Girma