Despite FIFA ticket boast, most World Cup games not sold out

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2019

The United States and Thailand are in Group F alongside Sweden and Chile.

12th minute, 1-0 USA: Alex Morgan rewards USA for its early dominance with the opening goal.

In what will go down as perhaps the most dominant performance in the history of the Women's World Cup, the United States started its title defense with an electric 13-0 win over Thailand.

Morgan took her goal tally at global level to 106 with her well-taken haul, while Samantha Mewis added a double and was involved in setting up another two goals.

The 2019 Women's World Cup final is slated for July 7. While the Americans have never lost a tournament-opening match, they have not won all of them either.

Norway Thrash Nigeria 3-Nil
Meanwhile, Norway registered a 3-0 win over Nigeria in their opening match in Group A to go level on points with hosts France . We have been working really closely to coordinate the team and make the right decisions also for the interest of the team.

Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, lost 9-0 in their previous meeting with the U.S. in a friendly in 2016, and the holders will face far, far tougher tests later in this tournament. In those three defeats, they have failed to score a single goal while conceding 21.

It is the most goals scored and the most lopsided victory in World Cup history, according to Fox Sports' Rob Stone.

So expectations are the US 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. Veteran Carli Lloyd at 36 is the oldest and most experienced member of the squad with 18 World Cup caps, scoring seven goals.

Kickoff: The national anthems have played, and U.S. versus Thailand now is underway.

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