USWNT breaks World Cup record for goals in rout of Thailand

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

Adding to the US dominance, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis added two goals each.

The group-leading USA, who had a 39-2 shot advantage to improve to 6-0-2 in World Cup openers, next faces Chile before playing Sweden in its last match before the knockout rounds begin.

The goals: five from Alex Morgan, two from newcomers Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, and one each from Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd.

Before the USWNT takes on Chile on Sunday, let's take a look at some of the most lopsided games in World Cup history, including a jaw-dropping qualifier bonus.

The Americans were heavy favorites heading into Tuesday's match, but Thailand likely didn't expect a result quite like this one. As in 9-0 in favor of the United States. During Thailand's last outing in the 2015 tournament, it became the only nation to win a game without progressing to the knockout round, mainly because it gave up too many goals in losses to Germany and Norway. Seven different players scored for the United States, with Morgan's five leading the way. The Americans were six goals above that.

When the Americans headed for the interval 3-0 up, there was little indication of what was to come in the second half. 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.

The Americans meant no disrespect, said Morgan, but they simply wanted to position themselves for a run at a second consecutive title. Since earning a spot on the USA national team in 2010, Morgan has emerged as the face of the USWNT.

She had an effort disallowed for offside inside five minutes but quickly made up for that by nodding in a Kelley O'Hara cross, before Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying - standing at just 1.65m tall - allowed Lavelle's shot to beat her at the near post.

The United States scored its first goal in the 12th minute, took a commanding three-goal lead in halftime, then erupted for four goals in a six-minute stretch of the second half to rout Thailand 13-0 at Staude Auguste-Delaune. It started with Mewis, who finished a feed from Megan Rapinoe for her first World Cup goal.

The two teams were the last to kickoff in the group stage for the monthlong tournament.

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