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July 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM

U.S. women win opener (Thursday links)

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The U.S. women’s national team went by two goals early in Wednesday’s Olympic group-stage game against France but came back impressively to win 4-2. There were a strong Sounders Women’s presence — here’s our story on that subject — as Alex Morgan scored twice, Megan Rapinoe starred on the wing, Hope Solo got the win in goal and Sydney Leroux subbed on late.

The next game for the American is Saturday against Colombia, before rounding out the group stage against North Korea on Tuesday. Here’s a cool interactive page we have on the Olympians with local connections and when they participate in their events.

Here’s some other Olympic coverage from ESPN, which previews the women’s tournament, the men’s tournament, and has this feature on Rapinoe.

Let’s get to some links:

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— On the local scene, here’s your chance to cook with Brad Evans, James Riley‘s youth tournament is still going on up here even though he’s with another team, and Osvaldo Alonso got some high praise for his All-Star Game performance on the league website.

— Also from the All-Star Game, check out Alonso’s figures in the adidas micoach readings, here’s a story on Eddie Johnson repaying coach Ben Olsen for his selection, the Sounders forward was singled out by Chelsea star Frank Lampard, and Alonso was as well by Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo.

— Around the league, Gillette Stadium is hosting some boxing in conjunction with a Revolution game, here’s a story on the ever-growing Galaxy brand, goalkeeper Matt Pickens has signed a new deal with Colorado, and Chicago loaned out one DP to sign another DP.

— Also, actor Tom Hanks was in Portland for the Aston Villa friendly, here’s a story on the league trying to grow its national profile, Geoff Cameron is finally on his way to Stoke City, and here’s another Q&A with the commissioner.

— On the international scene, North Korea wasn’t too happy to see the South Korean flag in the team’s intros, Michael Bradley scored for his new team AS Roma in a friendly against Liverpool in Boston, and Chelsea did end up signing Brazilian prodigy Oscar.

— Lastly, here’s a story by a local sportswriter on The New York Timers soccer blog about life in the PDL, the bottom of the soccer food-chain.

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