2. Heath shows off her muscle.
Besides Solo and Lloyd, the other starter from the last two Olympic gold-medal teams in the U.S. lineup is Tobin Heath. The former North Carolina star has played in the shadows of the likes of now-retired Lauren Holiday, Megan Rapinoe and Lloyd in midfield, she has been the USA's best player in its first two games.
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Heath, who credits a stint in France at Paris St. Germain for helping her mature, has always been one of the most skillful U.S. players, but she showed off her new strength against France early in the second half when she dominated on the left wing.
She muscled the excellent young French winger Kadidiatou Diani off the ball to win a free kick that came moments before the U.S. goal Heath set up when she hit a shot that keeper Sarah Bouhaddi could only tip off the post and into the path of Lloyd for an easy tap-in.
3. USA turns up the pressure in second half.
French coach Philippe Bergeroo said the game turned on the first 20 minutes of the second half when the USA pressured the French and was rewarded with Lloyd's goal. He wasn't surprised by the U.S. tactics as they were also employed in the opening game and produced a quick goal by Alex Morgan against New Zealand.
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But while the USA won again -- its 13th straight victory in Olympic competition -- the French -- playing without their best striker, Eugenie Le Sommer, out with an injured quad -- could take hope that they dominated in midfield and found themselves open time and again in scoring positions.
"There are lots of positive things," said Bergeroo.
Except on the scoreboard.