After waiting until the last game to begin the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Alex Morgan, and the United States Women’s National team broke records and made statements to a 13-0 win over Thailand.
Blowouts do not usually happen when countries meet up at any World Cup contest. Defenses can limit goals and scoring chances during most games. After waiting until the last to begin their Women’s World Cup, the USWNT made a strong statement with a record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand in its 2019 World Cup opener. Alex Morgan tied U.S. legend Michelle Akers with five goals in a single World Cup match.
Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis each chipped in with a brace while Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd all added to the scoring fun with a goal apiece.
Twitter was amazed and sent ablaze as World Cup veterans and sports personalities reacted to the goal-scoring festival.
Tonight’s 13-0 win also topped the USMNT’s output from their last two World Cups in 2010 and 2014.
For Morgan, tonight’s game showed hot productive she can be. A five-goal game marked a turnaround from a disappointing one-goal 2015 World Cup in Canada.
In earlier matches, France and Norway each made statements with 4-0 and 3-0 wins. Tonight’s statement could be heard all around France.
The Americans also broke Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 as the largest Women’s World Cup defeat.
Tonight’s game was the second meeting between the U.S. and Thailand. Both countries previously met up in 2016, where the Americans won 9-0.
Tonight also proved to be an easy game for USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Stepping in for former No. 1 Hope Solo, Naeher made two saves and kept her team looking to start attacks.
The 13-0 win also helps out the U.S. in Group F, where the Americans enjoy a plus-12 goal differential over Sweden in Group F, and play Chile in its second match on Sunday in Paris.