United States of America thrash Thailand 13-0 at Women's World Cup

Florence Fletcher
June 13, 2019

Not only did the women's team set a record for the highest margin of victory at a World Cup game and scored the most goals in any single Women's World Cup match, but they have a long record of success.

United States' Alex Morgan celebrates after scoring her third goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. No World Cup team, men or women, had ever scored 13 goals before. And, if you weren't paying attention, Morgan recorded five goals in this match, tying Michelle Akers's record.

"We knew that every goal could matter in this group stage game and when it comes to celebrations this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together", the striker said.

Goals do matter in this stage of the World Cup, but the U.S.is likely to finish first in their group.

From the 12th minute of its World Cup opener against the defending champion United States on Tuesday, Thailand played one goal down. Alex Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most in one game in tournament history. Mewis, Lavelle and Horan were all making their World Cup debuts. "And it means Thailand can play with the best teams in the world".

The reigning champions - with four survivors in their line-up from the team that started the final against Japan four years ago - scored as many goals as there had been in the previous seven matches at the tournament. Mewis' goal was the 800th goal of the women's World Cup. They failed to win the SheBelieves Cup on home soil in March, but have won their last six matches.

Coach Jill Ellis made some lineup moves for the match in the absence of defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who the team said was held out as a precaution with a minor quad injury.

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"Games are games, and you've got to go out and play and compete, and a lot of this is about building momentum".

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", the scorer of a record 184 global goals tweeted to her 679,000 followers.

Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each while Lindsey Horan, skipper Megan Rapinoe and substitutes Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also found the net for the United States of America in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by a crowd of more than 18,000 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.

Asked repeatedly about the lopsided score, US coach Jill Ellis wondered if a 10-0 victory in a men's World Cup would elicit the same questions.

"We always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, we'll take it", joked Rapinoe.

At the final whistle, Lloyd and Christen Press were seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. CBS News detailed how the tiebreakers work in the World Cup.

Sweden got their campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 win over Chile.

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