Press Release from US Soccer
REIMS, FRANCE (June 11, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off its 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in record-breaking fashion by defeating Thailand 13-0 in front of a pre-American crowd of 18,591 fans at Stade Auguste-Delaune. Be a part of the world cup fever and enjoy live action on your favorite sports channels available on Spectrum Cable to witness history in the making.
It was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Women’s World Cup, which is being staged for the eighth time. Seven different players scored for the USA — tying Germany for most in a World Cup match – and forward Alex Morgan’s five goals tied her with former American great Michelle Akers for most goals in a single World Cup match.
In addition to Morgan, midfielder Rose Lavelle and midfielder Samantha Mewis also notch two-goal games as the USA set another record as the first nation with three multi-goal performances in one match. The goals were the first in World Cup action for Lavelle and Mewis. Midfielder Lindsey Horan and forward Mallory Pugh also scored in their World Cup debuts, with Pugh’s coming as a second half substitute. Veterans Megan Rapinoe, who donned the captain’s armband, and Carli Lloyd added to their established World Cup goal accounts with single strikes as well.
The U.S. led 3-0 at halftime after goals by Morgan in the 12th minute, Lavelle in the 20th and Mewis in the 32nd. By that point the match was well in hand, but things escalated after the break with the USA scoring a World Cup-record 10 goals in the second half.
Alex Morgan comments on the large victory and her record:
“I’m feeling in peak form right now. The preparation days before this, I think the team in general was feeling great. Having the pre-camp at the Tottenham training facility helped us build more together and united. Me personally, I feel great.”
USWNT coach, Jill Ellis, on the big start in the competition:
“Every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against them. It’s a tournament where goal differential is a criteria. A lot of this is about building momentum and so as a coach I don’t find it my job to rein my players in. This is what they’ve dreamt about. I respect Thailand, I spoke to some of them afterwards and they should keep their heads up. This is part of the growth of the game.”
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group F Standings
Next on the Schedule: The USA will meet Chile on Sunday, June 16 at 12 p.m. ET at Parc des Princes in Paris.