Pia Sundhage promised gold for the USWNT in this summer's Olympic games and who can blame her? She has a squad that has won gold before and like the taste. Yesterday's first match could have been a complete disaster, with France taking an early 2-0 lead. One could say that it was almost a given that the US Women would stage a comeback, but for a few moments during the game, the USWNT looked frazzled. They had a right to be; France pounced all over the defense in the first half, but with goals from Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, the first half ended in a 2-2 draw.
There will come a time when Abby Wambach will retire and Alex Morgan will take the reigns of the USWNT. Yesterday proved that she is fully capable of taking on that task. Not only did Morgan score the equalizing goal, but she also gave her team some breathing room with a goal in the 66th that gave the USWNT a two goal lead. With this being the first Olympics Alex Morgan has played in, two goals in her first game is mighty impressive.
Morgan also had a lot of help from her teammates, who came back and played a much better second half. Megan Rapinoe was a force all match long, recording two assists on the day, one of them being the setup for Carli Lloyd's game winner in the 56th. Hope Solo had moments during the match where she looked like she may not have been at 100%, but she also showed a good amount of brilliance that she constantly shows in net. With the whole team coming together for a monster second half, the UWSNT won this one with four unanswered goals, leaving the French with a lot of questions.
Speaking of questions, there was some confusion on Twitter yesterday about a couple of things. Some people were asking about why there was no US Soccer crest on the kits as well as questions about the numbering system. To answer your questions, the Olympics do not allow any football association crests on kits during the games. As far as kit numbers, the Olympic roster allows for only 18 players, hence why Abby Wambach was wearing number 14 instead of her usual 20. If you have any other questions during the games, please feel free to tweet us @brotherlygame or @Husher315.
The USWNT take on Colombia next this Saturday at noon. The match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. A reminder that the opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics are tomorrow night starting at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.