Megan Rapinoe, USWNT Unapologetic Amid Criticism of Thailand Blowout

USA vs. Thailand in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch online

The U.S. defeated Thailand in a tournament-record 13-0 victory.

Holders United States began their trophy defense by recording the biggest win in Women's World Cup history as Alex Morgan scored five goals in a 13-0 demolition of hapless Thailand on Tuesday.

As one of the favorites to win this year's World Cup, there was some pressure on the women's national team to put on a dominant display against a vastly inferior opponent.

Morgan eventually finished the game with five goals, tying the single-game record set by Michelle Akers in 1991.

"We really wanted to showcase ourselves and what we've been preparing for and working on".

"And for the celebrations, these are goals we have dreamt of our entire life".

There is no mercy rule in the World Cup as the USWNT clearly showed against Thailand in the team's opening match.

The US players were unrepentant, however, with five-goal star Morgan saying: "With the scoreline tonight, we have to look at the group stage as every goal counts".

Mewis bagged two either side of Morgan getting her second from close range, before Mewis squared for Lavelle to make it seven. "This is a world championship".

Yugoslavia's rout saved itself in a goal differential head-to-head with Scotland, which became the first program to bow out without losing a match.

The 2019 Women's World Cup final is slated for July 7.

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The 13-0 win is the biggest win ever in a World Cup match.

Soon, it was double digits, the proceedings looking not so much like a match but some spliced-together video compilation of goal-scoring highlights that had taken human form at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, a historic city 80 miles northeast of Paris, where a wildly partisan capacity crowd of 21,620 sang, chanted, cheered and waved USA flags.

"To be respectful to an opponent is to play hard against an opponent", Ellis said.

This time around, coach Jill Ellis also defended her players, who did not have choreographed dances but did celebrate each goal enthusiastically.

Everyone already knew the U.S. have an incredibly potent attack and a shaky defense.

"You want the players to leave with a good feeling".

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is their first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", former USA teammate Abby Wambach tweeted.

The Group F result was the largest margin of victory in either the men's or women's World Cup.

Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O'Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Julie Ertz (Mallory Pugh 69′), Crystal Dunn; Rose Lavelle (Christen Press 57′), Samantha Mewis, Lindsey Horan; Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd 57′), Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe.

We probably won't see anything like United States of America versus Thailand again.

The last time they played, it got ugly. Their next game is against Chile on Sunday. This is a World Cup.

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