The US Women's National Soccer team started slow against France finding themselves behind two goals early before rallying to a thrilling 4-2 victory. The game was scary early as the French beat US star keeper Hope Solo twice in the first 13 minutes on a pair of rockets from distance. A nightmare start on this stage could bury a team but the Americans showed grit and determination as they chipped away at the lead.
As we have seen many times before, US goal striker Abby Wambach buried a header off of a corner in the 18th minute with such precision it just looked easy. Wambach's physical ability near goal will give the US a healthy advantage during this tournament as few teams can match up with the US star.
While Wambach provides a consistent threat in the air, her partner up top provides finesse that is equally lethal. Alex Morgan tied the game 2-2 with a savvy chip over the French keeper. Morgan not only has the ability to put herself in the position to score but she has the ability to create chances with her touch. The duo of Wambach and Morgan gives the US a lethal combo up top.
The play of the game came in the 55th minute as Carli Lloyd scored a golazo from 25 yards away. Lloyd came on for the injured Shannon Boxx and made the most of her opportunity.
Alex Morgan proved again that she puts herself in the position to score as she tapped home the 4th US goal from point blank range.
The game started out as a nightmare and became a triumph for the ages. The tournament promises to provide fireworks. In other action Great Britain defeated New Zealand 1-0 and World Cup champion Japan defeated Canada 2-1.
Oh yeah, that team from Brazil with Marta and Cristiane? They spanked Cameroon 5 nil.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!