USA-Thailand: A game for the record books

The USA opened the 2019 Women's World Cup with a 13-0 win over Thailand on Tuesday in Reims. Its dominance was so total and the goals came so fast in the second half that the result sparked a fierce debate about whether it was too much.

One thing is certain. The 13-0 win obliterated many World Cup scoring records -- women or men.

Among them ...

13. The USA set a World Cup record -- women or men -- for the most goals a team has scored in a game with 13, including 10 in the second half. The previous Women's World Cup record was set by Germany in 2007 with an 11-0 win over Argentina. The record for the most goals in a men's game is 10 in Hungary's 10-1 win over El Salvador in 1982. The 13 goals were one less than the U.S. record 14 goals in a 14-0 over the Dominican Republic in Olympic qualifying in 2012.

13. The USA-Thailand game also set a World Cup record -- women or men -- for the most goals in a game by both teams. The previous mark was 12 in Austria’s 7-5 win over host Switzerland at the 1954 men’s quarterfinals.

8. Morgan added three assists to go along with her five goals and generated eight goals, the most a player has ever produced in a World Cup game.

7. The USA is the first Women's World Cup team to get goals from seven different players in a game: Alex Morgan (5), Sam Mewis (2), Rose Lavelle (2), Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.

6. The USA set a Women's World Cup for the fastest four goals with four goals in six minutes, its first four goals to start the second half, in the 50th, 53th, 54th and 56th minutes. Later in the game it scored four goals over eight minutes.

5. Morgan scored five goals to tie Michelle Akers' Women's World Cup record for most goals in a single game set in the USA's 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the 1991 quarterfinals. The men's record is also five goals by Russian Oleg Salenko against Cameroon at  Stanford Stadium during the 1994 World Cup

5. Lloyd equaled Birgit Prinz's record set in 2007 when her goal in stoppage time gave her goals in five consecutive. consecutive matches. The USA took off in the 2015 World Cup in Canada when she scored in all four games in the knockout round.

3. The USA is the first Women's World Cup team to get multi-goal games from three different players: Morgan (5), Mewis (2) and Lavelle (2).

Photo: DeFodi/Imago/Icon Sportswire

8 comments about "USA-Thailand: A game for the record books".
  1. Chance Hall, June 12, 2019 at 8:18 a.m.

    Always happy to see the US Women’s Team win. And records galore. But one thing really stood out. rapeeno should not be on our national team. Aside from disrespecting her country in from of the cameras, she really showed that she doesn’t deserve to be there as a player. Too slow, too predictable, and offsides again. It’s so great watching the players from the other countries smile and be so proud to represent their country. They make the people in their country so proud and happy. 

  2. Ginger Peeler, June 12, 2019 at 10:25 a.m.

    Chance, it isn’t clear what game you’re commenting on. It obviously was NOT the United States vs Thailand World Cup game that was televised yesterday. Megan Rapinoe received an 8 rating for the game from Soccer America (1=low;5=middle;10=high)! She had two assists and she scored the 9th goal By the way, it’s “offside” (singular), not “offsides” (plural).  One of the Soccer America readers pointed that out to me years ago. 

  3. Kent James replied, June 12, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.

    Well said, Ginger.

  4. Robert Robertson, June 12, 2019 at 11:48 a.m.

    I am extremely disappointed with the USWNT for running up the score on Thailand.
    Humliating a country’s national team particularly in women’s soccer is not a good thing - either as education for the youth or , helping to advance women’s participation in the sport worldwide or just from the point of sportswomenship.   This should have been an opportunity to start the entire bench then possibly play a few regular starters for subs. If they need the starters to score more play more friendlies against stronger teams.

  5. Seth Vieux replied, June 12, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.

    So you expect the team to start an entire side of reserves for the WC opener????? Uh dude get real. A) those starters need to get their tourney started and get aclimated, as well as obviously continue to work on minor improvements. This team will not (and should not) be satisfied with anything less than the trophy. B) It's not the USWNT's job to not score goals, it's the Thai team's job to stop them from scoring. The Thais gave up and our women would have had to just stand around or play rondo in the middle 3rd not to continue scoring. C) if allowed to make more than 3 substitutions I'm sure JE would have, but she has no control over that. D) The Thai team has bullied the minnows of SE Asia to a tune of 5 or 6 10+ GD wins in the last decade, including last year.  

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, June 13, 2019 at 2:11 a.m.

    I suspect FIFA, the television broadcasters, and the fans at the stadium would not like your approach to playing a world cup match. Professional soccer is a business. It is part of the entertainment industry and people don't pay to watch the starters sit on the bench.

  7. Ginger Peeler, June 12, 2019 at 2:11 p.m.

    Agreed, Seth. And let’s not forget that Thailand scored the first was called back since the Thai player was ruled offside. Thailand still has Sweden and Chile to play, so it’s possible they’ll be faced with another blowout. The USA’s goal differential may prove to be very important. Robert, please read Paul Kennedy’s piece: “What’s Thailand Doing Playing in the Women’s World Cup” right here in SoccerAmerica for some important background. As for the celebrations that offended some, Alexi Lalas had a good point. As the winner of the previous Women’s World Cup, the USA began the tournament with a target painted on their back. After the USA win and attitude, that target just got a lot they HAVE to win the whole thing. They certainly seem up for it. 

  8. Kevin Leahy, June 12, 2019 at 6:56 p.m.

    As a former competitive athlete don't, take it easy on me. Have been on both ends of blow outs. Find it more humiliating to see someone taking it easy on me. This isn't youth sports. Everyone is just too sensitive anymore. 

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