Morgan scores five as US open World Cup defence with record victory

World Cup mailbag The impact of VAR the USWNT’s biggest challenges and the NWSL vs. Europe

World Cup mailbag The impact of VAR the USWNT’s biggest challenges and the NWSL vs. Europe

Alex Morgan tied the tournament record with five goals and the United States opened with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.

Several media members interrupted her.

The pre-tournament favorites and defending champions took it right to Thailand in the opening minutes, with a Morgan goal ruled out for offside inside of 10 minutes.

As the match went on, it became clear that Thailand couldn't get close to goal and it failed to break past the Americans' defenders. "Oh my god, I thought she got four". The Americans held a 3-0 lead at halftime and scored an absurd 10 goals in the second half. She now ties with Michelle Akers' previous World Cup record set in 1991.

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. She would then add four more in the second half as the USA continued their dominance.

The easy answer is no.

So expectations are the USA women's national team will get off to a strong start today in the 2019 Women's World Cup, as the defending champions open against Thailand in pool play.

Samantha Mewis opened the floodgates five minutes after the break as the US made life miserable for the Thais by regularly finding the back of the net. They are the No. 1 ranked team in the world, but their preparation this year hasn't gone as smoothly as you'd expect.

Rapinoe concurred with her teammate.

Morgan's dominance started in the 12th minute of the match when she headed a ball off the foot of Kelley O'Hara.

Still, it was clear that many American players felt bad for their Thai counterparts, many of whom left the pitch in tears.

One of those players was Miranda Nild, and American-born Thailand forward who plays at Morgan's alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley.

Srathongvian said soccer in Thailand is still growing and there is a limited pool of players to draw from. "We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back". And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents.

"I give Thailand a lot of credit", Mewis said.

Up next for the United States is World Cup newcomer Chile on Sunday in Paris.

"I think this scoreline doesn't depict exactly what they can do because if you look at their recent record I think they've done really well". As for the USWNT, they'll move on with nothing to apologize for after a record-setting night. Lloyd has seven career goals in World Cup play, including three in the 2015 final against Japan. "That's what we were told before the game and that's why we had to keep going"'.