The United States women’s soccer team played in their first game of the World Cup yesterday against Thailand, winning 13 to 0. This set a new record, becoming the biggest margin of victory ever in a World Cup. The Americans hope for this to be only the beginning of their long summer run.
With a record setting victory comes many stats and records that will make your eyes pop out or your jaw hit the floor. The team scored more goals in this one game than their male counterparts have scored in their last 11 World Cup games. 13 goals also set a record for most goals in a World Cup game ever by a single team, men’s or women’s. USA’s star Alex Morgan racked up five goals, which tied the record for most ever in a World Cup game. With most teams having only played one game, if Alex Morgan was her own team, she would be second in the tournament in goals, behind only America. According to popsugar.com, Morgan had this to say about her record breaking game: “It’s incredible, I don’t know. I’m speechless. The ball just bounced my way tonight, and I’m so thankful.” Co-captain Carli Lloyd also set a record for oldest American woman to score in a World Cup, and the second ever player to score in five straight World Cup games.
With 13 goals scored, it may have been hard to keep count of who even scored. Alex Morgan with 5 goals, 4 of which came in the second half, Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle followed with 2 each. 4 women, Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh, and Carli Lloyd each chipped in a goal each, 3 of which coming in the last 15 minutes.
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Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe embrace following another goal in the win on Tuesday.
While many questioned and criticized the team for their celebrating, the players didn’t feel they were out of line. According to cbsnews.com, USA’s co-captain Alex Morgan said, “I think it was important for us to celebrate with each other.” Clearly, the press and the American players had different opinions.
While the celebrating done by the Americans showed one end of the spectrum of emotion Tuesday, Thailand players showed the whole other side. While team USA was all smiles, some Thailand players were seen in tears shortly after the game.
By: Alessandra Tarantino
Thailand’s Natthakarn Chinwong breaks down into tears following Tuesday’s loss.
After a record-breaking victory to kick off the tournament, the sky is the limit for the United States on the road to the championship. With games coming up against Chile on Sunday the 16th and Sweden the following Thursday the 20th, the USA will be looking to assert their global dominance very quickly in this year’s tournament.