The United States women’s national team came into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with high hopes, but we’re not sure even they could have predicted how badly they’d beat up on Thailand to start their tournament action this week.
Opening Group F play in Reims, France, the Americans wasted no time putting Thailand in a hole, finding the net three different times before halftime in their match. Thanks to an Alex Morgan score 12 minutes into the contest, the U.S. maintained an early lead, then proceeded to pile on like never before, pushing the deficit to three goals with strikes from Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan, rounding out the first half with 73-percent possession. By the end of the game, Alex Morgan had scored a record five — count them, five! — goals.