USA opens World Cup with record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand

USA opens World Cup with record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand

Leading 3-0 at half-time, the world number one US exploded after the break, scoring four goals in 10 minutes, before adding another six in the final quarter of an hour.

"When you get a deluge of goals like that, it's a good feeling".

Others pointed out there is rarely talk of a men's team over-cooking a result, even though there have been plenty of one-sided matches in male football, including Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

Three different players scored the four goals, and veterans and newcomers alike chipped in.

We probably won't see anything like United States of America versus Thailand again. Morgan put her arm around Thailand's Miranda Nild, who was wiping away tears on the field.

Not only did they fail to qualify for last year's games, the women scored more goals on Tuesday than the men scored in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups combined (12).

Former Canada player and broadcaster on United States network TSN Kaylyn Kyle said she was "disgusted" at the way the USA players conducted themselves, while commentator Rob Stone suggested they should have "pulled back" once the match was in the bag. The Americans have most titles of any country.

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The US returns to action on Sunday against Chile.

In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who they've been grouped with six times in World Cup play. As in 9-0 in favor of the United States. Afterward, former USA goalkeeper Hole Solo called Sweden "cowards" for bunkering on defence. The match was resumed about 40 minutes later. Her next three goals came in the 74th, 79th and 87th.

The goals kept coming and so did the celebrations. If the Americans beat Chile, they'll secure a place in the round of 16. It was about the same time that heavy rains moved in at Roazhon Park.

"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point".

While the match turned into a blowout, Thailand still deserves some credit for playing hard the whole time and trying to stop the U.S. They easily could have given up when the Americans were up 10-0, but Thailand still made some big stops and saves in the final minutes.

The tough loss after a strong defensive effort means 19th-ranked New Zealand is still looking for its first World Cup victory.

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