USWNT defends 13-goal blitz against Thailand

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"It is a tournament and goal difference matters so at the end of the day, you can't feel bad for scoring as many goals as possible in whatever game you're playing", USA right back Kelley O'Hara said.

Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each while Lindsey Horan, skipper Megan Rapinoe and substitutes Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also found the net for the United States of America in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by a crowd of more than 18,000 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.

"Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup", said team captain Rapinoe. The two national teams have only faced off once before, resulting in a 9-0 win for the 2016. Since earning a spot on the US national team in 2010, Morgan has emerged as the face of the USWNT. The Americans poured on the goals and defeated Thailand 13-0 - the biggest blowout in the tournament's history. The Americans held a 3-0 lead at halftime and scored an absurd 10 goals in the second half.

Other pool play matches for the U.S.: Sunday vs. Chile (12 p.m.), June 20 vs. Sweden (3 p.m.).

She had an effort disallowed for offside inside five minutes but quickly made up for that by nodding in a Kelley O'Hara cross, before Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying - standing at just 1.65m tall - allowed Lavelle's shot to beat her at the near post.

Morgan opened the goal spree for the title favorites, who are in pursuit of a fourth world crown, with a header in the 12th minute and from then on there was no stopping the champions. From there, she really laid it on in the second half. Sweden, a top-10 team, needed two late goals to avoid a draw with Chile.

"When you're playing in a World Cup, every single goal may count at the end of the day", Morgan said. The American's pass accuracy was at 82% and Thailand only reached 61%.

As the match went on, it became clear that Thailand couldn't get close to goal and it failed to break past the Americans' defenders. The squad only allowed two shots on goals as the Thai offense was nearly nonexistent throughout the entire match.

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