USWNT defends 13-goal blitz against Thailand

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Alex Morgan and the United States women's national team opened their 2019 World Cup on Tuesday by absolutely hammering Thailand.

The U.S. Women's National Team won its first game of the World Cup with the largest margin of victory in Federation Internationale de Football Association history Tuesday in a wild soccer match against Thailand.

The result surpassed Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and nearly doubled the USA own previous record - a 7-0 success over Taiwan in 1991. This is the first time the US has scored more than one goal in the first half of a Women's World Cup group game since the 2003 edition, when the Americans played on home soil.

The 13 goals scored were a record at the Women's World Cup.

"We really wanted to showcase ourselves and what we've been preparing for and working on and I think we did that", said Morgan.

An impressive scoreline but it was the manner in which the U.S. side continued to celebrate each goal that didn't impress Canadian pundits from TSN Sports.

The result also far outstrips the USA's own record result in a World Cup match, which had been their 7-0 defeat of Taiwan in the quarter-finals of the first tournament in 1991. "Best of luck to these champions for equality, on and off the field", wrote Former President Barack Obama. You have the support of a nation behind you. And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents.

Julie Ertz was moved to the backline for Tuesday night's game and Mewis got the start in the midfield.

"Honestly, you're going up against a side that is the first time in the World Cup, they're just happy to be there..."

"It is a tournament and goal difference matters so at the end of the day, you can't feel bad for scoring as many goals as possible in whatever game you're playing", US right back Kelley O'Hara said.

Asked about the lopsided score, US coach Jill Ellis wondered if a 10-0 victory in a men's World Cup would elicit the same questions.

The team's biggest margin of victory was a 14-0 win over the Dominican Republic in a 2012 Olympic qualifier in Vancouver, British Columbia. They failed to win the SheBelieves Cup on home soil in March, but have won their last six matches.

The US returns to action on Sunday against Chile. The two national teams have only faced off once before, resulting in a 9-0 win for the U.S.in 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.

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