United States Starts Title Defense With Largest Win In a Women's World Cup Match


The United States beat Thailand 13-0, their largest win in a Women’s World Cup match. The previous record was their 7-0 victory in the 1991 Quarterfinal against Chinese Taipei.

The 13-0 final score also shattered the record for largest Women’s World Cup win. Germany previously held the record for the biggest winning margin thanks to their 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.

The U.S. opened Group F play against Thailand in Reims, France and took a comfortable 3-0 lead before halftime but they could have scored at least six goals. The team’s 4-3-3 formation, with Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath leading the front line clearly paid dividends and they finished the first half with 15 shots and 73 percent possession.

The United States were clear favorites to win, now they have five wins and two draws in opening matches in the history of the tournament. The U.S. finished the game with 72 percent possession, outshot Thailand 39-2 overall and 20-2 in shots on goal and had 10 corner kicks while Thailand had zero.

Here’s the full list of goalscorers for the U.S.:

Alex Morgan (12′, 53′, 74′, 81′, 87′), Rose Lavelle (20′, 56′), Lindsey Horan (32′), Sam Mewis (50′, 54′), Megan Rapinoe (79′), Mallory Pugh (84′) and Carli Lloyd (90’+2′).

Next up for the United States will be Chile on Sunday morning at the Parc des Princes.