Wednesday, 12 August, 2020

USA opens World Cup with record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand

Tobin Heath Enlarge Image Team USA celebrates a Tobin Heath goal vs. Mexico. Corbis via Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2019, 04:10

The United States women's soccer team re-wrote FIFA's record books on Tuesday with their 13-0 drubbing of Thailand in their opening game of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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It was that kind of night for the USA women's national team in their World Cup opener.

Ten of their goals came in the second half as the US set a new mark for the biggest winning margin in a women's World Cup match, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007.

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Thailand, ranked No. 34 in the world, was clearly outmatched even though the team has shown progress on the world stage. Morgan put her arm around Thailand's Miranda Nild, who was wiping away tears on the field.

"She's a quality player and to stay encouraged through this tournament, because she's living out a dream that most girls and women don't get to". "We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back". "We don't have any excuse and accept they are better", said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. "Yes they are athletes and they will be resilient".

It came close to the team's biggest rout ever.

"It's a World Cup and we just had to play our game but I think they can definitely rally, they have two more games and they definitely could perform in those games". 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. The two national teams have only faced off once before, resulting in a 9-0 win for the 2016. The match was essentially over just 54 minutes in when the Americans went up 6-0, though it could be argued it was over long before that.