It’s no surprise that France gave the US women’s national team a tough test on Wednesday in their opening match of the Olympics. They are one of the best teams in the tournament, and were even favored by many to defeat the Americans in this game.
Early on, it seemed those predictions would be realized, when France took a 2-0 lead before the game even reached the 15 minute mark. Both goals were the result of poor defensive communication, along with sloppy clearances. US keeper Hope Solo didn’t have a chance.
Entering the Games, there was no doubt that the weakest point for the USWNT was their defense. That was obvious on Wednesday. Every time France attacked, they had dangerous chances on net. Realistically, they probably could have had a goal or two more, but Solo was able to clean up after her backline’s mistakes.
For all the defensive woes, the saving grace for the USWNT is their explosive offense. Between Megan Rapinoe’s vision, Abby Wambach’s strength and Alex Morgan’s speed, this team can almost score at will.
After going down 2-0 so early, the US fought back, scoring four unanswered goals to win 4-2. Their comeback showed great resilience and proved why they are ranked number one and favored to win gold this summer
Rapinoe assisted two and created the play that led to another, while Morgan had a brace and Wambach one of her own. This offense is scary — any team having to face this trio must be shaking in their boots.
As long as the USWNT can keep scoring four goals a game, it won’t matter how well — or poorly— their defense plays. If they can put up that many against a team like France, there is no doubt they will light up every other team in this tournament.