United States of America put Thailand to the sword in Tuesday's record-breaking win as titleholders showed no mercy in their World Cup opener. "We didn't want it to end 0-0, so we wanted to come back out and decide the game and I think we deserved the three points". While the USA women are entering this World Cup as defending champions, the US men did not qualify for last year's FIFA World Cup.The women's team is more successful on the field, and their profile is also growing. They have won three World Cups since women joined the event in 1991, four Olympic golds in the last six Games and have topped the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's teams' ratings every year but one for the last 11 years.
The U.S. team is going into the game as the heavy favorites.
"To face the number one team in the world at the opening match of the FIFA Women's World Cup is a massive opportunity for us to test and assess ourselves", said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian.
But as the USWNT celebrated turning a 3-0 halftime rout into a new standard for dominant play against an overmatched opponent, some took umbrage with not only the margin - but the players' continued celebration of the scores well after the game was in hand.
Substitute Madelen Janogy added a fine individual effort during stoppage time to wrap up victory.
A great strike, and what an alert play to pounce on that loose ball to send it top shelf. "So the fact that they're here, they're competing, and they're ready, we know we have to be at our very best", USA coach Jill Ellis said. This win puts Sweden in a fantastic spot to beat Thailand next time out and advance to the round of 16.
Jill Roordt netted a dramatic victor in the second minute of injury time to get the Dutch on the board.
It's a big win for the Netherlands and one they needed for some momentum.
It is an intimidating assignment for the Thais, who are only appearing at their second World Cup. The last time the two teams met, the United States won 9-0.
"That's been a huge goal of this team - to continue to grow the sport", midfielder and 2015 World Cup victor Julie Ertz told reporters in Reims. The toughest of those is Sweden, the country that knocked out the US in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.