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USWNT Woman of the Match: Tierna Davidson


Tierna Davidson is one of the youngest players on the U.S. women’s national team roster at the Tokyo Olympics, but the versatile defender played like a seasoned veteran in Tuesday’s group stage finale draw with Australia.

Davidson started and played 90 minutes for Vlatko Andonovski’s side in a 0-0 draw, helping the Americans secure a place in the quarterfinal with a strong performance that earned her SBI Woman of the Match honors.

The 20-year-old made her second start of the tournament and helped keep Australian star Sam Kerr in check for the entire match. Davidson made plenty of comfortable passes across the backline, and also was reliable in keeping Kerr under watch in the final third.

While offensively it wasn’t an eye-raising performance from the USWNT, defensively it was a sound performance in pitching a first clean sheet of the Olympics. Davidson proved once again to Andonovski that she can be relied on as the Americans head into a Friday showdown with the Netherlands.

Davidson beat out Julie Ertz and Becky Sauerbrunn for Woman of the Match honors.

What did you think of Davidson’s performance? Who was your pick for Woman of the Match?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I have been critical of Tierna in many of my posts owing to what I believed was poor judgement in her back-line play. I also mentioned she had good skills and would be better off at mid-field where any mistake could be covered for her by the back line. But she did play well in back against the Matildas. So I will go along with her being chosen. One thing that everyone has to realize in the Match, is that the only result which could guarantee both teams what they needed going forward was a tie (draw). Same thing with England and Canada, and so the results were somewhat predictable. None of the teams went out on a limb defensively or offensively!!!

  2. Once Morgan was called offside on field VAR would have needed to see “clear and obvious” evidence that she was NOT offside.

    Since she actually was offside, if even by the slightest margin, VAR did their job by NOT changing call.


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