WORLD CUP EYE- OPENER!
Alex Morgan gets a lift Tuesday as Team USA players — including Mallory Pugh, second from left — celebrate after Morgan scored her fifth goal during the Americans’ 13- 0, record- setting victory over Thailand in a Women’s World Cup mismatch in Reims, France. Pugh and fellow Coloradan Lindsey Horan also scored for the Americans.
REIMS, Thailand was never a real threat to the U. S. national team. Even so, the threetime Women’s World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game.
Goals matter in the group stage. And statements matter in soccer’s biggest tournament.
“Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it’s the World Cup,” said captain Megan Rapinoe.
Alex Morgan tied the tournament record with five goals and the United States opened with a historic 13- 0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night. Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added a pair of goals for the United States, which broke the record for goals and margin of victory in a World Cup game.
Rapinoe, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was Germany’s 11- 0 victory over Argentina in 2007.
Morgan tied Michelle Akers’ record for World Cup goals, set in the quarterfinals against Taiwan in 1991. The team’s seven different scorers also set a tournament record.
Lloyd, 36, became the oldest American woman to score at a World Cup and joined Germany’s