Lloyd & Morgan score as US tops New Zealand in women's soccer

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored a goal in each half as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio games on Wednesday, getting off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Lloyd put the Americans ahead with a header in the ninth minute and Morgan added to the lead with a low shot from inside the area less than a minute into the second half at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

The U.S. dominated from the start to earn the convincing victory and remain unbeaten in 2016.

The Americans are trying to become the first team to win the Olympics after succeeding at the World Cup. The Olympic tournament is the first major competition for the U.S. since the retirement of key players such as Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday following last year's World Cup title in Canada.

The revamped Americans next play France on Saturday, again at the Mineirao.

France and Colombia play the other Group G match later Wednesday, also in Belo Horizonte.