Alex Morgan goes Steph Curry with goal celebration

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

"It's a tournament where goal differential is important", Ellis said.

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.

To recap: Morgan scored five of the Americans' 13 goals.

Minutes later, Morgan's second strike would stand up when she found space in between two Thai defenders and headed home a Kelley O'Hara cross to put the US up 1-0. Seventeen of the 18 players from that match are on the U.S. World Cup roster.

"We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves", Morgan said. "I think we did that". "Every goal matters in this tournament and that's what we were working on".

The U.S. scored its first goal in the 12th minute and didn't stop until the 92nd. A trio of Americans swarmed Thailand keeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and a moment later, Alex Morgan scored a goal with her head. She scored USA's 13th goal, becoming her country's oldest World Cup goal scorer and the second-oldest in Women's World Cup history.

The goals: five from Alex Morgan, two from newcomers Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, and one each from Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd.

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The United States beat Thailand 13-0 in their Group F game at the Women's World Cup in France.

Thailand, ranked No. 34 in the world, was clearly outmatched even though the team has shown progress on the world stage.

"When you're playing in a World Cup, every single goal may count at the end of the day", Morgan said.

If you tuned into the Men's World Cup in 2018, or 2014, or 2010, or 2006, but aren't turned into this year's Women's World Cup, it's time to reconsider.

At the final whistle, Lloyd and Christen Press were seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. "We don't have any excuse and accept they are better", said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. "Yes, they are all athletes and they will be resilient. We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back". Host France opened the World Cup before a sellout crowd in Paris on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over South Korea.

It may not have been a flawless match as several of the players were still finding their groove on the global stage, but the win gave the USA some comfort and confidence heading into their next game against Chile on Sunday.

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