USA-Germany Women’s Friendly Player Ratings 11/13/2022

USA-GERMANY EXPRESS:
Nov. 13 in Harrison, New Jersey
United States 2 Germany 1. Goals: Smith 54, Pugh 56; Mark 18.
To.: 26,317.

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The United States bounced back from a 1-0 deficit and poor first-half performance to beat Germany, 2-1, in New Jersey on Sunday. Coach Vlatko Andonovsky made two changes from Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Germans: goalkeeper Alyssa Naher for Casey Murphy and central defender Becky Sauerbrunn for Alana Cook. Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg made seven changes to his starting lineup.

US player ratings
(1=low; 5=medium; 10=high.)

GOALKEEPER

Alyssa Naher stumbled after trying to anticipate Sophia Kleinherne’s shot (blocked by Sofia Huerta) then couldn’t reach Jule Brand’s low shot which wasn’t hit particularly well from 11 yards for Germany goal in the 18th minute. Naeher choked out Lina Magull on a breakaway and her quick throw sparked the counterattack that built American momentum before the 1-1 equalizer. The cast with his feet was less impressive and included kicking out of bounds and into the middle of the Germans.

Player caps/goals (club) (age)

5
Alyssa Naher (Chicago Red Stars) 86/0 (34)

DEFENDERS

In the first 15 minutes, Noami Girma twice denied the Germans a point-blank shot as he slid to push the ball away. She won an aerial battle with Alexandra Popp while getting fouled by the German in the second half, and with her central partner Becky Sauerbrunn brought calm to an initially overwhelmed American team. Leaving behind Emilie Renard was out of position in front of Germany’s goal. Sauerbrunn swung wide and blocked Svenja Huth’s first cross but not his second. Fox and straight back Sophie Huerta struggled with simple and difficult tasks in the first half before mastering the second half.

Player caps/goals (club) (age)

5
Sophie Huerta (OL Reign) 25/0 (29)

8
Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave) 10/0 (22)

6
Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns) 211/0 (37)

5
Emilie Renard (Louisville Race) 22/0 (24)

MIDFIELDS

Rose Lavelle had two chances inside the penalty area to give the United States an equalizer before half-time, but neither shot, despite the lack of German pressure nearby, came close to the German goal. She kept her performance from being a total disappointment with two sharp touches hand the ball to Sophia Smith on the equalizer. Lavelle’s last miss, an even riper chance than his first two, also missed, but at least missed near the post. Andi Sullivan jumped on a coward ball from midfield to serve Mallory Pugh on the winner. It’s hard to imagine the United States making a comeback without Lindsey HoranThe hard work of the midfield, which prevented the Germans from maintaining their momentum and was sometimes accompanied by a clever pass.

Player caps/goals (club) (age)

4
Rose Lavelle (OL Reign) 84/22 (27)

6
Andi Sullivan (Spirit of Washington) 37/3 (26)

seven
Lindsey Horan (Lyon, FR) 122/26 (28)

FORWARDERS

The fast attackers — Mallory Pugh and Sophie Smith – singled out for praise from Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg before both games – flattered to cheat until they each scored within three minutes at the start of the second half. Smith scored the equalizer and Pugh the winner as the German defenders looked surprised after a first half in which they consistently stole the ball from the American forwards. Pugh has mostly become more menacing. The valley, Alex Morgan and Horan could have scored from his setups. That the lenient referee warned Kathrin-Julia Hendrich for a foul on Pugh demonstrated that the Germans resorted to desperate measures to stop him. Morgan fired high and wide from a half-volley from the outside corner of the goal area in first-half stoppage time. His next best chance came in the second half when his bad right-footed first touch on a good pass from Pugh created a weak, off-balance left-footed shot.

Player caps/goals (club) (age)

seven
Sophie Smith (Portland Thorns) 12/28 (21)

4
Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave) 200/119 (33)

8
Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars) 83/25 (24)

SUBSTITUTES

Coach Andonovski kept his starting XI together until the 83rd minute. Taylor Kornieck made a few forays that kept the Germans preoccupied while looking for an equaliser. Arbitrator Marianela Spider Cross will be unable to explain why she did not show German goalkeeper Almuth Schult a red card for a violent foul on Kornieck 10 meters from the penalty area. Schult wasn’t even notified.

Player caps/goals (club) (age)

nr
Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave) 7/1 (23)

nr
Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC) 46/7 (31)

nr
Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current) 8/0 (25)

INFO: The United States avoided losing four consecutive games for the first time in history.

Nov. 13 in Harrison, NJ
UNITED STATES 2 Germany 1. Goals: Smith 54, Pugh 56; Mark 18.
UNITED STATES – Naeher; Huerta, Sauerbrunn, Girma, Fox; Lavelle, Sullivan (K. Mewis, 83), Horan; Smith (Mace, 90), Morgan (Kornieck, 83), Pugh.
Germany —Berger (Schult, 46); Anyomi, Hendrich, Nusken, Kleinherne (Simon, 62); Dallmann, Oberdorf (Hagel, 33), Brand (Krumbiegel, 78); Huth, Popp, Lattwein (Magull, 46).
Yellow cards: United States — none; Germany — Kleinherne 15, Hendrich 84. Red cards: nothing.
Arbitrator: Marianela Spider Cruz (Honduras). AR: Chantel Boudreau (Canada), Mayra Mora (Mexico).
TO.: 26,317.

Statistics:
USA/Germany
Blows: 15/15
Shoot the target: 5/3
Save: 2/2
Corner kicks: 5/4
faults: 8/14
Off-side: 2/1
Possession: 41%/59%

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