USA Women's Soccer vs. Germany: Score, Highlights and Grades
Germany and the United States couldn't have gone into Saturday's friendly any differently than they did. The Americans came in on the tail end of their season with little form whereas the Germans came in during their season with great form.
Also, the United States are working with a new coach, Jillian Ellis, because of the departure of Pia Sundhage, who coached her last game on September 19.
For all things considered, against the second-best team in the world according to FIFA, the 1-1 result was a good one for the United States even on their home soil.
The United States had some quality moments throughout, but they also had lapses on both sides of the pitch. It was exactly what you would expect against a formidable club with a new coach.
Let's recap this showdown with the score, highlights and player grades.
Abby Wambach opened the scoring in the second minute after a beautiful ball from Alex Morgan.
Anja Mittag scored in the 13th minute on a beautiful, weak foot chip shot over goalkeeper Hope Solo. It was truly a world-class goal from one of the best forwards in the world.
Wambach scored this goal to give the Americans a 1-0 lead in the second minute. Check out the beautiful cross from Morgan following the Germany turnover.
Grades for Key Players
Alex Morgan: A+
Alex Morgan is one of the best players in the world. She scores goals in big situations, she has great pace and unbelievable vision, and her goal-scoring ability is superb.
Morgan's assist in the second minute of play showcased her beautiful vision picking out Abby Wambach on a nice ground cross to the far post.
Some may think that was a shot, but I think she knew exactly what she was doing.
Morgan played a key role in the United States offense all night long.
Abby Wambach: B+
Maybe you can blame the midfield, maybe you can blame the game plan, but aside from Abby Wambach's goal, she didn't do too much Saturday night.
There wasn't much chemistry between Wambach and the midfielders throughout, and it was clearly evident.
Megan Rapinoe: C+
Usually Megan Rapinoe uses her great creativity and pace to create scoring chances. Saturday night just wasn't her night.
Rapinoe showcased her talent, but it was few and far between. She lost possession several times, her crosses were average, and she simply didn't have her A-game.
Hope Solo: A-
Solo just about had no chance against Anja Mittag's chip shot, but she was off her line quite a bit. Nevertheless, she made some crucial saves after the goal, especially in the second half, to redeem herself.
It wasn't her greatest performance, but it was deserving of an A- considering her form and the quality of Germany.
Anja Mittag: A+
Mittag's chip goal was simply amazing considering it was her weaker foot. Once Solo was off her line, Mittag took full advantage.
Solo's anticipation is regarded as the best in the game, but it can sometimes get her into trouble. She came off her line a bit too far after little hesitation, and Mittag's coolness and creativity prevailed.
Mittag was a pest all night long.
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