By, Kyle Gibson
The U.S. Women’s national team got off to one heck of a start at the women’s World Cup Monday with a 3-1 win against Australia. Here are the three brightest stars for the U.S.
Ranked from third to first
3) Christen Press/ Sydney Leroux
Press scored the goal that Leroux created, but both were really able to do good things from the midfield as the game progressed. Carli Lloyd didn’t make a lot of noise in this game, but she didn’t have to with Megan Rapinoe playing lights out and these two making increasingly stellar plays. Seeing these two play so well is a reassuring sign for US fans going forward.
2) Hope Solo
I think many fans were nervous about how hope would react to the recent allegations that have come forth from the Outside the Lines report by ESPN. She more than demonstrated her tunnel vision and focus, making two world class saves early.
We can talk all day about Solo’s shot stopping — which is superb — but that isn’t all she has in her game. Watch her positioning next time out. No other keeper in the women’s game is as good at either of these key aspects of keeping.
That was a master class in goalkeeping by Hope Solo.
1) Megan Rapinoe
Who else? Rapinoe may have just made herself a household name by scoring two of the three goals tonight. The first was an unlucky deflection. The second was a thing of beauty, a more than 50 yard solo run and a calm slot past the keeper from the top of the box.
Rapinoe proved to Jill Ellis and her teammates tonight that she can lead an attack on the big stage. With the sharpness and fitness of Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan in question, that’s huge.