USA 13-0 Thailand: Tournament favourites run riot to set RECORD win at Women’s World Cup


Alex Morgan scored five goals as defending champions the United States opened the Women’s World Cup with a record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.

Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added a pair of goals for the United States, who broke the record for goals and margin of victory in a World Cup game. 

Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was German’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.

Morgan tied Michelle Akers’ record for World Cup goals, set in the quarter-finals against Chinese Taipei in 1991.

‘We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,’ Morgan said. ‘Every goal matters in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.’

The two teams were the last to kickoff in the group stage for the tournament. 

Ranked No. 1 in the world, the USA had lost only one match in their previous 38, a loss to France in Le Havre in January. They had mustered six straight wins going into the World Cup.

The last time the USA played on the world’s biggest stage, Lloyd had a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes and the United States beat Japan 5-2 in Canada for the trophy. 

The USA pounced early against Thailand, too, with Morgan’s header in the 13th minute off Kelley O’Hara’s precisely placed cross opening the scoring. Mewis, Lavelle and Horan were all making their World Cup debuts.

Thailand, ranked No. 34 in the world, were clearly outmatched even though the team has shown progress on the world stage. 

At the final whistle, Lloyd and Christian Press were seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. Morgan put her arm around an opponent, who was wiping away tears on the pitch moments after the final whistle.

The World Cup comes at a time that female players across the globe are seeking better treatment and pay. 

The U.S. national team has long championed equal rights, and players collectively filed a lawsuit earlier this year that alleges discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation and are seeking pay equitable with that of the men’s national team.

The players say the lawsuit is on hold while they’re in France. But a pair of prominent well-wishers on Twitter referenced the team’s pursuit of equality.

‘The @USWNT is something to smile about. It was great to celebrate with them back in 2015 and I’m excited to root them on in their drive to earn their fourth star. Best of luck to these champions for equality, on and off the field,’ wrote Former President Barack Obama.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King weighed in: ‘The pursuit of a record 4th World Cup trophy for the USWNT officially begins today, but the journey has been years in the making. You have the support of a nation behind you. Get that win, and then get the equal pay you deserve!

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

Julie Ertz was moved to defence for Tuesday night’s game and Mewis got the start in the midfield.

Sauerbrunn, at her third World Cup, was a steadying force for the USA defence in Canada when they went 540 minutes without conceding a goal.

Morgan, U.S. Soccer’s 2018 Player of the Year, has 106 international goals. Playing in her third World Cup, she was named player of the match.

After going into the break with a 3-0 lead, Mewis’s strike deflected off a defender to put the United States up 4-0 early in the second half. And the rout was on. 

Up next for the USA is World Cup newcomer Chile on Sunday in Paris. In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden.


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