The USWNT‘s title defense is off to a spectacular start. They begin their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup run with a dominant 13-0 victory against Thailand. This victory is the largest victory in the history of both the Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, the USWNT scored more goals in this game that the Men’s team did in both the 2010 and 2014 Men’s World Cup tournaments.
Alex Morgan scored five goals. She’s the second player in Women’s World Cup history to score five times in a game. Prior to this tournament, Morgan scored only three times in both the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments combined. In addition, she’s the fourth USWNT player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game. Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, and Mallory Pugh each scored their first career goal while representing the United States.
Three Takes On The Match:
No stopping, no mercy: Taking the lead in the 12th minute, Team USA was in control of the game. With the American holding a 3-0 lead at the half, it looked and seemed as though the USWNT would take their foot off the gas and just maintain ball control to seal the win. However, the mayhem was just beginning.
In the 56th minute, the USA was leading 7-0. Scoring four goals in a six-minute span is the fastest four goals in a Women’s World Cup match. Also, this it’s the third time that the USWNT has scored seven goals in World Cup play. Additionally, their ten second-half goals are the most in any half in the history of the World Cup.
Carli Lloyd came off the bench in the second half and went on to score the final goal of the game. As a result, she’s the oldest American player to score in a World Cup game. Furthermore, the USWNT is the first team to have seven different scorers in a Women’s World Cup game.
Thailand never stood a chance: Although they caught a break in the early going where a US goal was nullified due to off-side, Thailand couldn’t get anything going. The American defense didn’t have much to do as Thailand could not launch any attack threats or counterattacks. Although the Thai goalkeeper did manage to make eight saves, it didn’t help. Nothing could go write for them, and all confidence seemed lost at the end of the first half.
Furthermore, the USA took full advantage of Thailand’s loss of confidence. To say that this is a nightmare for Thailand would be a major understatement.
A message is being sent: The USWNT’s final Group game is against Sweden. That’s a match that has the USWNT grinding their teeth. In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sweden knocked the United States, foiling the Americans’ plan to winning their fourth straight Olympic Gold Medal.
The USWNT has not forgotten about their defeat to Sweden three years ago. They’ve been waiting for their chance of redemption. By showing no mercy to Thailand, the US is sending a message saying that any team they go up against will be shown no mercy. In other words, the US is eager to finish the Group stage strong and head into the knockout stage with confidence.
As far as goal differential goes, it shouldn’t be a problem for the United States moving forward. Regardless, they should continue to score as many goals as possible. They need to increase confidence before entering the knockout stage.
The USWNT plays their second Group game this Sunday against Chile. They need all the confidence possible going into their final Group game against Sweden.