USA vs. France Highlights: Alex Morgan's Performance Bodes Well for Team USA

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 25, 2012

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Alex Morgan of USA reacts after scoring during the Women's Football first round Group G Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between United States and France, at Hampden Park on July 25, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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The United States women's soccer team got off to a terrible start against France, falling behind 2-0 before 15 minutes had passed in the team's opening game at the 2012 London Olympics.

Fortunately for the U.S., Alex Morgan found her groove and capitalized on an over-anxious French defense to net a pair of goals as her team roared back from a two-goal deficit.

The 23-year-old forward used her superior speed to find the back of the net on the equalizer. She made a run into the French zone, got behind the defender and flicked the ball over the goalkeeper's head to bring the USA back into the match.

Her second tally took much less skill, as she didn't have to do much more than tap the ball across the goal line, but she was in perfect position to do so. There's no denying that Morgan has a propensity to be in the right place at the right time, and her fast start at the Summer Olympics will bode well for her team.

Not only is it her fast start that makes the prospects of the United States taking home the gold medal much brighter, but the team's effort to climb out of an early hole says something about Pia Sundhage's bunch.

The US women could have folded after trailing 2-0, but instead proved that they are one of the teams to beat in this competition.

Substitute Carli Lloyd was one of the best players on the pitch after coming on in the 17th minute for an injured Shannon Boxx. She unleashed a furious shot to bury a goal in the 56th minute that gave her team a lead that wouldn't be relinquished.

Abby Wambach is an absolute nightmare for opposing teams on the field. She's so strong and imposing that she easily dominates most defenders she comes into contact with. The 32 year old broke the ice for the US, providing the first hope of a comeback.

Megan Rapinoe wasn't at her best in the first half, but she still managed to dish out three assists after looking much better in the latter 45 minutes of the match. 

It's a great sign that the United States was able to come away with a victory on a day when Hope Solo was not at her best. There wasn't much she could have done on either goal, but Solo is still the backbone of a solid American defense. We'll surely see her make some game-changing saves as the competition progresses.

After winning its first match, Team USA is in great position to make a run at a gold medal. Sundhage got help from a variety of contributors on Wednesday, and if that continues, this run could be easier than previously believed.