Olympic Soccer: USA vs. France (Your Running Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National team takes on France today in the opening match of the Women's Olympic Tournament, and arguably the best match of the group stage (Noon, NBC Sports).

The Americans enter the tournament having won the past two Olympic titles, but the lingering disappointment of last year's World Cup Final defeat is serving as motivation for a team considered the favorites to win gold again.

The French will look to get the USA off to a losing start, and they have the attacking weapons to do so, boasting one of the most dangerous attacks in women's soccer.

Here is my FOX Soccer preview on today's match, with a look at the changes Pia Sundhage has made to her team heading into this Olympic Tournament.

If you will be watching today's match, as well as the rest of today's Olympic soccer action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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76 Responses to Olympic Soccer: USA vs. France (Your Running Commentary)

  1. cj says:

    I had no idea they start games before the opening ceremony.

  2. CeezV says:

    Yeah, that took me by surprise.

  3. CeezV says:

    Wow…meltdown by the U.S. Smh. 2-0 France in the 14th minute.

  4. Rowsdower says:

    opps.. 2 nil france.. nice start :-/

  5. TomG says:

    Wow! What a header in traffic by Abby.

  6. Rowsdower says:

    whew Wambach.. nice header to get one back 2-1

  7. beachbum says:

    the flanks are open on the opposite side of the field vs. France, which plays well for the Americans becasue they can get time on the ball to tee up the crosses for Abby

  8. TomG says:

    That was a, “you can put 5 players on me if you want and I will still outmuscle you, outjump you and put the ball in the back of the net,” type header.

  9. TomG says:

    USA having a lot of trouble getting and maintaining possession.

  10. TomG says:

    Refs are really letting them play – should be advantage USA in that sense.

  11. THomas says:

    They will win this game…Unlike the men’s team, we have no problem at forward for the women.

  12. chris says:

    this looks like one of my highschool games

  13. TomG says:

    Baby Horse!!

    Alex gallops behind the defense and does a nice job of spinning, finding the ball and gently volleying it over the keepers head and into the back of the net for 2-2!

  14. Rowsdower says:

    Morgan ties it 2-2.. looked offsides but flag stays down

  15. SteveD says:

    Anyone know why Boxx subbed off?

  16. elgringorico says:

    Abby Wombach and Alex Morgan should get a try on the men’s squad. Great finishers!

  17. beachbum says:


  18. Kevin_Amold says:

    Game tracker on ussoccer.com pretty much says she went down injured and couldn’t continue.

  19. ben in el cajon says:

    She was hurt; I don’t know how.

  20. beachbum says:

    injury of some kind…the energy has changed in favor of the USA since interestingly. not trying to swipe at the injured Boxx, just saying what seems to have happened to me

  21. euroman says:

    Morgan goal 1000000000000000000000% offsides but we will take it. Wow what an open match…low level defending and Gking from both sides. Btw, the commentators are completely clueless.

  22. TomG says:

    I’d say playing 3 D-mids is more at the root of USMNT’s scoring drought than anything else. Deuce, Herc, Jozy, and Lando have all proved they can all put the ball in the back of the net given decent service.

  23. TomG says:

    That being said, Abby and Alex are two of the best finishers in their sport.

  24. beachbum says:

    would like to see USA work the ball from strong side to weak quickly thru possession…not yet, 40th minute.

    relying on Hope a lot right now

  25. Mike says:

    Watching the game on TV, is it just me or is Brandi Christain…ten times better then Julie Foudy on the commentary side?

  26. TomG says:

    USA conditioning seems to be taking over. Our girls seem to have better legs and are winning most of the balls at this point.

  27. TomG says:

    Whaaaatt!!!!???? Baby horse lassoed from directly behind in a crazy obvious penalty but no call. Makes up for the missed offsides I guess. Alex absolutely blew by 2 defenders there. She is crazy fast.

  28. Kevin_Amold says:

    Did I miss this whole “baby horse” thing? Did someone nickname her that?

  29. John F says:

    No question that was a penalty. White and Chastain’s comments were ridiculous. Not sure how they thought that could be interpreted as a fair challenge.

  30. Chris says:

    She was actually onsides when hope solo kicked the ball then neither abby or the french girl touched the ball. Had one of them touched it then yes she would have been offsides. But yeah we will take a goal however we can get it!

  31. John F says:

    She was NOT offside. She would have been if Wambach had touched the ball, but she didn’t. Excellent non-call by the AR.

  32. TomG says:

    Yes, team nickname, because her legs go all over the place when she runs – like a baby horse.

  33. Gary says:

    Boxx is such a detriment to this team. I live in Vancouver, so I went to the CONCACAF qualifiers. The USA is so much better when she’s off the field. Does she have pictures of the coach.

  34. John F says:

    What missed offside? Alex’s goal was onside.

  35. TomG says:

    I wasn’t able to tell. Some others above said it was off.

  36. TomG says:

    Yes, tackle from directly behind is supposed to be automatic card, let alone a foul.

  37. Mike G says:

    Not offside. Abby never touched the ball. Morgan was well onside with the long ball was played by Hope.

  38. Rowsdower says:

    Yup, clear pk.

  39. baldomero123 says:

    France is dangerously smooth with the ball and Brandy Chastain is too talkative.

  40. beachbum says:

    USA playing aggressively direct early in the 2nd half…which is great for them imo

  41. beachbum says:

    and then a little possession O in front of the area…nice, just weak finish by Lauren, she can do better with that on her next chance

  42. beachbum says:

    and for me, O’Reilly for Heath might look good; Heath has struggled a bit

  43. TomG says:

    USA passes should be much quicker – one touch then pass. Instead, they are making 2,3,4 touches with teammates wide open.

  44. beachbum says:

    I dig Lloyd’s game

  45. John F says:

    Now that’s more like it!

  46. peter says:

    Are the announcers call ahead of play for anybody else?

  47. TomG says:

    Goooooaaall!! Beautiful draw and dish by Rapinoe. Great cutback and absolute blast from the top of the box by Lloyd.

  48. TomG says:

    Rapinoe waited until the 2nd defender committed before laying it off. Lloyd cut it back perfectly and the shot… a thing of beauty.

  49. John F says:

    I thought it was just me!

  50. John F says:

    Now that one was not a penalty.

  51. TomG says:

    France getting away with just hacking down Alex in the box every time she gets the ball.

  52. WiscFan says:

    Just a hair.

  53. peter says:

    I thought the first one was a good tackle, but the second one was a penalty.

  54. TomG says:

    Just because it’s shoulder to shoulder doesn’t mean you can just knock down the other player at will, especially when you make no attempt to play the ball.

  55. John F says:

    Too easy that time

  56. peter says:

    Alex Morgan for President!

  57. beachbum says:

    and there it is…ball worked from one side to the other thru the middle and the space for Heath was the Great Plains!

  58. John F says:

    As a referee myself, that looked 50/50 to me.

  59. TomG says:

    Watching a feed, no sound. Great diagonal ball to start that goal sequence. Who made it, Rapinoe?

  60. beachbum says:

    yes, she made the play all the way with her first touch and all

  61. elgringorico says:

    Did anyone just hear that Weezer reference… “Los Angeles… that’s where she wants to beee!” (referring to Alex Morgan)

    OK I’m weird seeya later

  62. TomG says:

    It looked to me like she used the shoulder as a weapon. They weren’t running together in classic shoulder to shoulder action, Alex was running free and the defender delivered a blow. As it is, no matter, since Baby Horse gets her revenge with a baby tap in.

  63. John F says:

    Completely different team in the second half; no nerves, solid defending and strong possession. Nice work by Pia in the locker room.

  64. TomG says:

    Thank you

  65. TomG says:

    Yes, and conditioning also seems to be playing a factor. France seems to have worn themselves out after their frenzied first 30 minutes.

  66. TomG says:

    Best cheekbones: Amy Rodriguez, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, or Gaetane Thiney??

  67. jones says:

    Thiney for sure

  68. PD says:

    I’m sure… except for the fact that all the “girls” you just dismissed could beat the snot out of you without breaking a sweat, Rockstar.

  69. PD says:


  70. PD says:

    trying hard not be be tasteless here….

  71. Ben says:

    Rapinoe is a joy to watch.

  72. jones says:

    France look tired – USA definitely have superior conditioning (as always)

  73. TomG says:

    Her’s really do stand out, especially at the end of a run where her face gets flushed, but for me it’s hard to beat Hope’s bone structure.

  74. John F says:

    After a brief excursion into an alternate universe, normality was restored. Excellent comeback by the US.

  75. TomG says:

    She is sort of the x-factor for us. She has a creativity that no one else on the team can match. Like many creative playmakers, though, she has had the tendency to disappear at times. When she’s on, the team is completely different.

  76. ag nigrin says:

    Hamstring trouble