GLASGOW, Scotland (July 25, 2012) - The U.S. Women's National Team earned a huge three points with a 4-2 victory against France in the first Group G match for both countries at the 2012 Olympics in the famed Hampden Park. Former Tar Heel Tobin Heath played the entire 90 minutes and assisted on Alex Morgan's game-clinching goal in the 67th minute of play.
Carli Lloyd came off the bench to score the game-winning goal, Alex Morgan contributed two goals and Abby Wambach had the USA's first tally as the U.S. rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit with four unanswered to open the Olympics atop its group.
Lloyd's goal is her second straight Olympic game-winner as she had the lone goal in the 2008 Olympic gold medal game to defeat Brazil 1-0 in overtime.
The USA will continue group play against Colombia at Hampden Park on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET) and finish the first round against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United. Both games are televised live on the NBC Sports Network.
- U.S. Women's National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Women's National Team vs. France
Date: July 25, 2012
Competition: 2012 Olympics - Group G
Venue: Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (12 Noon ET)
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1
USA 2 2 4
FRA 2 0 2
FRA - Gaetane
FRA - Marie-Laure Delie 14
USA - Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe) 18
USA - Alex Morgan (Hope Solo) 31
USA - Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe) 55
USA - Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath) 66
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O'Hara; 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Sydney Leroux, 84), 7-Shannon Boxx (10-Carli Lloyd, 17), 12-Lauren Cheney, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76), 14-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Pia Sundhage
FRA: 18-Sarah Bouhaddi; 2-Wendie Renard, 5-Ophélle Meilleroux
(4-Laura Georges, 45), 7-Corine Franco, 8-Sonia Bompastor; 10-Camille Abily
(6-Sandrine Soubeyrand, 72), 11-Marie-Laure Delie, 12-Élodie Thomis, 14-Louisa
Necib (9-Eugénie Le Sommer, 45); 15-Élise Bussaglia, 17-Gaëtane Thiney
Subs not used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 13-Camille Catala, 16-Sabrina Viguier
Head coach: Bruni Bini
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Saori Takahashi (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Widiya Shamsuri (USA)
Fourth Official: Hong Eun Ha (KOR)