Alex Morgan scored a record-tying five goals as the United States opened its Women's World Cup campaign with a tournament-record 13-0 win over Thailand in Group F on Tuesday in Reims, France. "#USWNT #FIFAWWC", tweeted Taylor Twellman, an ESPN soccer analyst and former player for the New England Revolution and the US men's national team.
The score line is the biggest ever in a Women's World Cup, eclipsing Germany's 11-0 thumping of Argentina in 2007.
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.
Others pointed out there is rarely talk of a men's team over-cooking a result, even though there have been plenty of one-sided matches in male football, including Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil at the 2014 World Cup. Seventeen years if you're counting back to 2002.
The players say the lawsuit is on hold while they're in France. It was great to celebrate with them back in 2015 and I'm excited to root them on in their drive to earn their fourth star.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King weighed in: "The pursuit of a record 4th World Cup trophy for the #USWNT officially begins today, but the journey has been years in the making".
"When you get a deluge of goals like that, it's a good feeling".
USA women's soccer coach Jill Ellis said her players didn't consider pulling back because it disrespect their opponent.
While the prospect of Thailand, the 34th-ranked team in the world, providing a stumbling block for the favourites had appeared remote, Ellis said she had told her team to be relentless in their approach.
A set piece led to the third goal for the USA just past 30 minutes, as Lindsey Horan hit her close-range shot into the roof of the net.
While the team came under criticism from some, it had more than its share of defenders.
The United States, who are the defending champions, will face Thailand to finish out Day 5 and the first round of group matches. For comparison, the US had 39 attempts.
It's the first of three matches for the U.S.in the tournament's opening round. Afterward, former USA goalkeeper Hole Solo called Sweden "cowards" for bunkering on defence.
Sweden, who defeated Chile 2-0 earlier on Tuesday in Rennes, ousted the U.S.in the teams last meeting in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.