The United States women’s national team produced the most lopsided result in World Cup history — men’s or women’s — on Tuesday, beating an inferior Thailand squad 13-0 in Reims, France behind five goals from Alex Morgan. The match was over after just 12 minutes in thanks to the onslaught of goals, as Jill Ellis’ team sent the rest of the world a message in their opening match of the group stage. 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. The victory gives the U.S. three points in Group F and the goal differential advantage over Sweden.
The U.S. scored 10 goals in the second half in the most dominant display the Women’s World Cup has ever seen.
Here are three takeaways from the match:
1. You could see this coming a mile away
The U.S. defeated Thailand 9-0 in a 2016 friendly, in what was their only meeting before Tuesday’s World Cup game. This result was obviously worse, and we all saw it coming. Just before the game started, the U.S. had six players lined up at midfield ready to attack. They weren’t letting up, and it showed. Three goals at the half was not enough for their liking, and they didn’t take it easy for one second in the second half. Seven different players scored in this one — Rose Lavelle (two), Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis (two), Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Morgan (five).
Morgan also tied Michelle Akers’ single-game scoring record in the process, with a bit of magic in her fifth goal.
The U.S. finished with 40 shots, 20 on frame, while Thailand had two of each and just 27 percent of the possession. It was the definition of a thumping.
2. What a tone-setter this was
Some will call this running up the score, and others will say they were just playing to win. Whatever your stance is, it’s a great momentum builder. The seven goalscorers all now have extra confidence, each of these players were in a record-setting performance that they will remember and it will boost an already high team morale. With tougher games to come against Chile and Sweden, and then potentially a quarterfinal against host France assuming both get there, the U.S. wasn’t going to let up for anybody and showed that they are there to dominant.
3. Thank goodness no one was injured
Aside from the win, it’s important to note that the U.S. seemed to escape any significant injuries. Becky Sauerbrunn didn’t start due to a minor injury as a precaution, and then Rose Lavelle landed poorly in the second half but continued to play. So overall, the team looks good ahead of the game against Chile on Sunday. They probably won’t score as many goals in that one, but they will certainly try.
You can see that game on Sunday on at 12 p.m. ET on fuboTV (Try for free).