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Regardless, other teams in the tournament will surely take notice at how the Americans roared back against the French. Wambach in the 19th. Morgan in the 32nd. Lloyd in the 56th. 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.

“We didn’t stress out,” Wambach said. “We just needed that one goal to give us that momentum, and that’s what happened. … I think they might be kicking themselves because they had a really good opportunity to keep the United States at bay. Going up two goals against us is quite a feat, in my opinion, and I think the fact we kind of grinded it out, came back and had four unanswered goals, I think that’s demoralizing for any opponent, truthfully.”

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 space to unleash a 22-yard shot that grazed the fingertips of 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 Delie, who put the easy shot past Solo to make it 2-0.

It wasn’t long, however, before Wambach started the comeback by heading in Rapinoe’s corner kick. The goal awakened 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 — attendance was announced at 18,090 — 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 again when Solo got an assist when her long ball was chased down on the first bounce by Morgan, who nudged it over goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi to tie the score.

Sundhage said her team is so deep that games will be won by her subs, and it was Lloyd — previously a starter for much of her career — who came on for Boxx and hit a tiebreaker that was never in doubt, a blast that left Bouhaddi helpless as it found the left side of the net.

Heath helped make 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.

“Sure, we want to keep a clean sheet as much as possible,” Rampone said. “But right now the most important thing is winning games. We took three points away from being down 2-nil in the first 15 minutes, so I think that’s a reason to hold our heads up.”