USWNT player ratings: Crystal Dunn finds net, 16-year-old Lily Yohannes has a great debut

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The U.S. women’s national team wrapped up their two-match series against South Korea on Tuesday. earning a 3-0 victory to start the Emma Hayes era on a winning streak. Crystal Dunn, Sophia Smith and Lily Yohannes scored the goals as there was a lot of player rotation incorporated into the match. There will be plenty to evaluate for Hayes and her coaching staff as they look ahead to the Olympics and try to put together a final roster.

How did the players do in their second match against South Korea? Check out our reviews to find out:

Goalkeeper

Casey Murphy

US • GK • #18

Remained a presence in the match despite not being overwhelmed by South Korea, had a solid save on one attempt in the first half and came up big in the second half. Also did a good job connecting passes with the centre-backs throughout the match.
Rating: 8

Defenders

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Given the start on the right side and did a good job of connecting from the back early as the team set the pace and won fouls against the opposition.
Rating: 7

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Emily Sonnett

US • D • #14

After a number of games in midfield, he was placed at the center back. Did a good job of being vocal as the main CB when the backline functioned as a three-player back.
Rating: 7

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Sam Staab

CHI • D • #3

Made her first start and was solid in her positioning while getting involved in attacking scenarios. Had a good shot at goal and was good at distribution. Rating: 7.5

Was appointed as an attacking full-back during her hour on the pitch. Didn’t look awkward covering the extra ground with good connections down the left and provided the assist to open the goal.
Rating: 8

Midfielders

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Lindsey Horan

US • M • #10

Active in the pocket to win the ball and had another strong match winning fouls and set pieces. Combined well with Korbin Albert and Rose Lavelle in ball progression.
Rating: 7.5

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Korbin Albert

US • M • #15

Did well as a double midfielder alongside Horan and was effective in ball progression for the team. Was involved in runs alongside substitute players in the second half.
Rating: 7

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Rose Lavelle

US • M • #16

Constantly tried to make things happen when he was on the ball and could play without pressure. Had good contacts with Dunn.
Rating: 7

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Alex Morgan

US • F • #13

Was heavily marked by defenders to open the game and her positioning and hold-up play helped create space, but she failed to get dangerous attempts on target.
Rating: 6.5

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Crystal Dunn

US • M • #19

Got the start on the offensive line on the right side and set up the opening goal. Covered a lot of ground throughout the match and handled a formation change that pushed her down like a pro. Only team veteran to play 90 minutes.
Rating: 8.5

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Often focused on the ball and had promising runs in the first half, but looked more effective as a number 10 in the second half after Lavelle’s departure from the match. Rating: 7

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Replacements

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Mallory Swanson

US • F

Needed little time to make an impression from the bench and immediately stretched South Korea’s backline. Became heavily involved in attacking runs and helped set up a feint on Smith’s goal. Rating: 8

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Sophia Smith

US • F • #11

Scored a goal while being challenged by a defender from a difficult angle. Has been a threat as a nine or wide for the team. Is in incredible form right now and is basically an Olympic lock after this window. Rating: 8.5

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From bubble player to instant starter in the team, even in a substitution role, Sam Coffey has provided an extra layer of ball winning, disruption and distribution. Rating: 7.5

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Trinity Rodman

US • F • #20

Arguably the hardest working player on the field, no matter how many minutes she plays. Functions almost like a magnet on the ball, chasing the ball both in attack and defense, constantly trying to work together. Provided the assist for Yohannes’ goal. Rating: 8

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Lily Yohannes

US • M • #16

It took the 16-year-old just 17 minutes to make her presence felt in the middle third. Excellent ball control and sophisticated passing to get the ball to teammates. Earned her first debut and scored her personal milestone.
Rating: 8

Head coach Emma Hayes

Officially on a two-match win streak with her new team, Hayes spoke at length this week about building trust and the process. Winning will undoubtedly help build that trust between players and coaching staff, but even with just a few weeks before a final Olympic roster must be named, the principles Hayes asked the team to adopt were accepted. On to the Olympic farewell competitions in July.
Rating: 8

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