Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

USA piles on Thailand, 13-0, in its Women's World Cup opener

USA piles on Thailand, 13-0, in its Women's World Cup opener

This score is not a typo: The United State's Women's National Team defeated Thailand 13-0 in the United States' World Cup opener against Thailand. Needless to say, the Americans set a handful of team and individual records during their complete destruction of Thailand.

Sam Mewis, who started in midfield after Becky Sauerbrunn was held out for precautionary reasons with an injury, started things off in the 50th minute before Morgan and Lavelle added their second apiece and Julie Ertz scored soon after to make it 7-0.

"We really just came into this game and really wanted to showcase ourselves and what we've been preparing for and what we've been working on", Morgan said after the match. In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who they've been grouped with six times in World Cup play.

Since the start of 2018, Alex Morgan has scored 26 goals for USA Women in all competitions, at least 13 more than any other player.

"I think they could have won with humility and grace but they couldn't manage to do that". They are the No. 1 ranked team in the world, but their preparation this year hasn't gone as smoothly as you'd expect.

The top two teams in each of the six groups will qualify automatically for the last 16, along with the four best third-placed sides.

The USWNT is seeking its fourth World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015).

Lindsey Horan got her side's third, reacting quickest to a goalmouth scramble to fire into the roof of the net, and only an incredible sequence of play - featuring a host of last-gasp blocks, a smart Chor Charoenying save and a penalty appeal - kept the margin to three at the break.

US will play its second Group F game against Chile on Sunday at Parc de Princes in Paris.

Chile should provide United States with a far sterner test on Sunday, while Thailand's next task comes against Sweden.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sweden eventually beat a resilient Chile side 2-0 in the other match in Group F, which the US fully expect to top.

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