The United States’ quest for a fourth title in the Women’s World Cup was a predictable start in France against Thailand,
surpassing Thailand. The team captain, Alex Morgan, triggered an offensive explosion with five goals en route to a 13-0 record victory.
The United States took a modest 3-0 lead at halftime, but the situation went out of control in the first 12 minutes of the second half, the Americans having doubled their lead with four goals. Then, as if that were not enough, the United States experienced a wave similar to that of the end of the game, scoring six goals in the last 15 minutes.
Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added two goals for the United States, breaking the goal record and margin of victory in a World Cup match. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was the 11-0 German victory against Argentina in 2007.
Morgan matched Michelle Akers’ record for the World Cup finals, sets the quarterfinals against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
“We really just entered the game with the desire to present ourselves,” said Morgan. “All the goals count in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.”