All 13 Goals U.S Women's National Team Scored Against Thailand

  • All 13 Goals U.S Women's National Team Scored Against Thailand

All 13 Goals U.S Women's National Team Scored Against Thailand

The US Women's National Team opened the World Cup on Tuesday with a 13-0 demolition of Thailand, marking the most goals in a single game and the most lopsided win in tournament history. While the match was never expected to be close, the defending champs showed no mercy in a dominant 13-0 win.

Morgan, U.S. Soccer's 2018 Player of the Year has 106 global goals. Morgan tallied five goals, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis each had two, Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh each had one. The victory gives the USA three points in Group F and the goal differential advantage over Sweden.

The United States held a modest 3-0 lead through the first half.

"Honestly, you're going up against a side that is the first time in the World Cup, they're just happy to be there..." She now ties with Michelle Akers' previous World Cup record set in 1991. Thailand had no answer for what the No. 1 ranked team in the world brought to the table, and they were a bit fortunate not to lose by more.

"I said in the pre-game yes you want to score goals, yes you want to make a mark with the goal difference...there's a way to do it and that's the way for me". Morgan put her arm around an opponent, who was wiping away tears on the pitch moments after the final whistle. "It will be an incredibly hard World Cup", she said. "We don't have any excuse and accept they are better", said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. "We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back".

Other pool play matches for the U.S.: Sunday vs. Chile (12 p.m.), June 20 vs. Sweden (3 p.m.). "Yes they are athletes and they will be resilient".

After the match, manager Jill Ellis defended her team's aggressive style of play even late in the match when result was beyond doubt.

It may not have been a flawless match as several of the players were still finding their groove on the global stage, but the win gave the USA some comfort and confidence heading into their next game against Chile on Sunday. The two national teams have only faced off once before, resulting in a 9-0 win for the U.S.in 2016. The U.S. beat the Dominican Republic 14-0 in a 2012 Olympic qualifier in Vancouver, British Columbia. Afterward, former US goalkeeper Hole Solo called Sweden "cowards" for bunkering on defence.