Published: Wed, June 12, 2019

Morgan scores five as United States of America open World Cup defence with record victory

Morgan scores five as United States of America open World Cup defence with record victory

To recap: Morgan scored five of the Americans' 13 goals.

"You want the players to leave with a good feeling, if they are in a good place mentally that is a big step".

While the match turned into a blowout, Thailand still deserves some credit for playing hard the whole time and trying to stop the U.S. They easily could have given up when the Americans were up 10-0, but Thailand still made some big stops and saves in the final minutes.

The pre-tournament favorites and defending champions took it right to Thailand in the opening minutes, with a Morgan goal ruled out for offside inside of 10 minutes. That's were a number of USA football pundits have an issue following America's 13-0 rout over Thailand in their opening game of the Women's World Cup. "It's a tournament where goal differential is important", Ellis said. Now, Morgan has eight career World Cup goals. Making its World Cup debut in 2015 four years ago, Thailand finished third in its group but earned its first win, a 3-2 victory over Ivory Coast.

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

And while USWNT players were quick to point out that there was little reason for them to dial back the scoring late in the match, it their celebrations for the goals scored late on caught some negative attention, particularly from former Canadian national team stars Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle. "We don't have any excuse and accept they are better", said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. But we believe we have got more to do. "Yes they are athletes and they will be resilient".

Lindsey Horan got her side's third, reacting quickest to a goalmouth scramble to fire into the roof of the net, and only an incredible sequence of play - featuring a host of last-gasp blocks, a smart Chor Charoenying save and a penalty appeal - kept the margin to three at the break.

While the team came under criticism from some, it had more than its share of defenders.

They'll next face Chile on Sunday, June 16 and Sweden on June 20, before the knockout stages begin on Saturday, June 22. For comparison, the USA had 39 attempts. Afterward, former US goalkeeper Hole Solo called Sweden "cowards" for bunkering on defence.

Based on Tuesday's performance, the Americans are likely to blow past their competition in the group stage with matches against Chile and Sweden still to come.

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