The Olympic Games have already started for the U.S. women's soccer team. The match on July 25 ended with the U.S. beating France 4-2. After allowing France to gain an early lead, the U.S. team was able to compensate with strong attacks that quickly overwhelmed the opponent. I think the win bodes well for women's soccer team as it prepares for the next round of games at the Olympics.
The U.S. women's team did not get discouraged after allowing France to get the lead very early in the July 25 match. France's Gaëtane Thiney scored in the 12th minute and was followed by a goal from Marie-Laure Delie two minutes later. However, Abby Wambach scored five minutes after Delie and started the U.S. team's fight to get the lead. Two goals from Alex Morgan and one goal from Carli Lloyd gave the U.S. a final score of 4-2.
Some Defense Concerns
Despite the positive outcome of the game, I think the beginning of the match showed some defense concerns. The U.S. women's soccer team rarely allows an opponent to get the type of early advantage that fans witnessed on July 25. However, the U.S. was able to quickly regain the lead and not allow France a large number of chances.
Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan are Back
The first match for the U.S. women's team showed that Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan are still reliable players who can turn a game around. Both of them played an integral part in the team's participation at the World Cup in 2011. Now, their skills and talents could help the U.S. win another gold medal at the Summer Olympics.
Midfielder Shannon Boxx left the game in the 17th minute. The U.S. team has confirmed that she has a hamstring injury, but it is not clear if it will prevent her from participating in future games. The veteran player fulfilled an important role on the team, so the early loss of a key midfielder could hurt. There have been rumors that the injury is more serious than initially indicated by the team, so she may be forced to miss multiple games.
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