GLASGOW, Scotland -- An early start to the Olympics turned into an early hole for the U.S. women's soccer team, which gave up two quick goals before unleashing an attack the rest of the world will find hard to stop.

Abby Wambach used her size and strength to put in a header, Alex Morgan applied her speed to chip one over the goalkeeper and Carli Lloyd broke the tie with a 25-yard rocket. All of which sent the two-time defending goal medalists to a 4-2 victory over France on Wednesday as they opened their London Games far from London.

Morgan added an insurance goal – created by a nice run from Tobin Heath – for the Americans, which began play two days before the opening ceremony and 400-plus miles from the British capital. Soccer starts its Olympics early so it has time to play a full tournament of games.

The Americans allowed more goals in the first handful of minutes than they had allowed in any game since the World Cup final loss to Japan last year. Gaetane Thiney (12th minute) and Marie-Laure Delie (14th) found holes in a supposedly impenetrable defense – a potential cause for U.S. concern as the grueling tournament progresses.

But Wambach scored in the 19th, Morgan in the 32nd, Lloyd in the 56th and Morgan again in the 66th. Wambach now has 139 international goals in her pursuit of Mia Hamm's record of 158, and 23-year-old "Baby Horse" Morgan – the second-youngest player on the team – has a remarkable 19 this year alone.

While the Americans are favored to win gold again – and even though the U.S. is now 13-0-1 all-time against France – it was hardly a surprise to see the French make it a game. The teams were tied late in the second half in last year's World Cup semifinals before the Americans finished off a 3-1 win, and France entered these Olympics on a 17-game winning streak.

The United States plays Colombia in its second group game on Saturday. France will face North Korea.

The French took the lead on a deflected long ball that ended up at the foot of Thiney, who had plenty of time and space to unleash a 22-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net, grazing the fingertips of leaping goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Two minutes later, the Americans played a dangerous game of pinball deep in their own end, failing in five separate chances to clear a corner kick. Inevitably, the ball bounced to a French player, Delie, who put the easy shot past Solo, again off the goalie's outstretched left hand, to make it 2-0.

But the Americans are arguably stronger, deeper and more diverse than they've ever been, and they have the firepower to overcome such a deficit – and quickly. Wambach, who has the best header in women's soccer, started the comeback by nodding in Megan Rapinoe's corner kick.

The goal awakened some of a crowd that so far had behaved as if watching a BBC documentary. Chants of "U-S-A!" began to echo in sections of Hampden Park, the 109-year-old landmark that serves as Scotland's national stadium.

The 52,000-seat stadium was perhaps one-third full at kickoff, but the game needed to draw only a couple of thousand to surpass the all-time Scottish record for attendance at a women's game. Organizers gave away some 30,000 tickets to schools and local clubs to keep the stands from being embarrassingly empty in a region where soccer is overwhelmingly a man's game.

The American fans who made the trip had their enthusiasm rewarded when goalkeeper Solo got an assist when her long ball was chased down on the first bounce by Morgan, who chipped it over goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi to tie the score.

Lloyd's tiebreaker was never in doubt, a blast that left Bouhaddi helpless as it found the left side of the net. Heath made the margin a comfortable one with a long run down the left side deep into the penalty area before running into interference. The ball slid over to Morgan, who merely had to tap it in for the game's final goal.

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  • Hope Solo

    US goalkeeper Hope Solo saves a ball past France's Eugenie Le Sommer during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Hope Solo

    US goalkeeper Hope Solo reacts after a challenge during a group G, Olympic Women's football match against France at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, on July 25, 2012.

  • Eugenie Le Sommer

    France's Eugenie Le Sommer fights for the ball with Megan Rapinoe of the US during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Alex Morgan

    Alex Morgan of USA is congratulated by Megan Rapinoe 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.

  • Becky Sauerbrunn

    Becky Sauerbrunn of USA challenges Elise Bussaglia of France 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.

  • Team USA

    The USA team pose 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.

  • Laura Georges

    Laura Georges of France battles with Tobin Heath of USA 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.

  • Bruno Bini

    Bruno Bini coach of France looks on 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.

  • Lauren Cheney

    Lauren Cheney of USA is tackled by Louisa Necib of France 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.

  • Marie-Laure Delie

    France's Marie-Laure Delie celebrates scoring their second goal against the US with Corine Franco and Louisa Necib during a group G Women's football match of the 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, on July 25, 2012.

  • Corine Franco

    France's Corine Franco challenges USA's Abby Wambach during a group G, Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, on July 25, 2012.

  • Lauren Cheney

    Lauren Cheney of USA is tackled by Louisa Necib of France 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.

  • France

    France's supporters cheer thier team against US during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Carli Lloyd

    Carli Lloyd of the US celebrates scoring their third goal against France with Amy Le Peilbet during a group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow, on July 25, 2012.

  • Tobin Heath

    Tobin Heath of USA clashes with Camile Abily of France 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.

  • Alex Morgan

    Alex Morgan of the US celebrates scoring her team's fourth goal against France with Megan Rapinoe during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Alex Morgan

    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.

  • Sydney Leroux

    Sydney Leroux of USA challenges Sonia Bompastor of France 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.

  • Gaetane Thiney

    France's Gaetane Thiney fights for the ball with Rachel Buehler of the US during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Gaetane Thiney

    France's Gaetane Thiney celebrates with teammate Camille Abily after scoring against US during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Gaetane Thiney

    Gaetane Thiney of France celebrates after scoring a goal as Lauren Cheney of USA looks on 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.

  • Gaetane Thiney

    France's Gaetane Thiney scores against US during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Louisa Necib

    France's Louisa Necib is challenged by Carli Lloyd (C) of the US during their group G Olympic Women's football match at Hampden Park in Glasgow on July 25, 2012.

  • Marie-Laure Delie

    Marie-Laure Delie of France scores their second goal against the US during a group G Women's football match of the 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, on July 25, 2012.

  • Gaetane Thiney

    Gaetane Thiney of France celebrates after scoring a goal 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.