Morgan scores five as US open World Cup defence with record victory

Aubrey Yates
June 12, 2019

The U.S. women's soccer team did not make many friends after beginning its World Cup title defense with a tournament-record 13-0 blowout over Thailand in Group F on Tuesday in Reims, France.

But the Americans´ wild goal celebrations in such a one-sided game were not to everyone´s taste.

"I respect Thailand, I celebrate that they are here".

Naturally, the players celebrated all 13 goals.

For all that have issue with many goals: "for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", 2015 World Cup victor Wambach wrote via Twitter.

Not that Thailand are necessarily minnows, as they sit 34th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, higher than six other sides competing at this World Cup.

"I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn't manage to do that", Rustad said on TSN's broadcast of the match.

"They're the No.1 team in the world and for me, I'm disgusted, honestly", she said.

"I think we have to come out and play as hard as we possibly can in every single game". You would never say this about a men's team.

"Tonight we knew that every goal could matter in these group stage games", Morgan said.

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Fellow TSN analyst Clare Rustad, a former worldwide with 45 Canada caps, and veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson, who is missing the tournament through injury, also criticized the American behaviour while noting the importance of goal differential.

The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday.

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", the scorer of a record 184 global goals tweeted to her 679,000 followers.

The last time the Americans played on the world's biggest stage, Lloyd had a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes and the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in Canada for the trophy.

"This got humiliating at some point".

And she said: "I sit here and go 'if this is 10-0 in a men's World Cup, do we get the same questions?'"

"You want the Americans to impose the slaughter rule or patronize their opponents by pretending they didn't just tack another goal onto the scoreline? If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit.

The Thailand rout set a number of Women's World Cup records.

As well as Morgan's five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis both scored twice, while there was one goal each for Lindsey Horan, Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and veteran Carli Lloyd.

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