The US Women’s National Soccer Team started the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a record-breaking game against Thailand in Paris. The historic run ended with a stunning 13-0 victory, but that result is not the only thing that will leave your jaw on the floor. With group play nearly finished, here’s what the team has racked up so far.
The USA’s 13-0 Win Against Thailand Marked the Highest Margin of Victory in a Soccer Game
By the end of the blowout victory, the US women had outscored their Thai opponents 13-0. That 13-point margin of victory is not only a record for the women’s tournament, but a FIFA world record. It became the biggest margin of victory in history!
The last time that the US and Thailand met up, in the 2015 tournament, the American women also scored a big victory of 8-0, but it’s nothing compared to the 2019 game’s margin. Prior to that game, the biggest margin of victory was Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in the 2007 men’s World Cup.
Alex Morgan Scored the Most Individual Goals in a Single Women’s World Cup Game
Forward Alex Morgan, one of USWNT’s biggest stars, set an individual record in the match against Thailand. Over the course of the team’s huge victory, Morgan personally scored five goals. That enormous achievement ties the record for most goals scored in a single game — the last woman to achieve that feat was Michelle Akers, who set the record during a 1991 match against Chinese Taipei. Currently, Morgan has scored more goals than any other player in the 2019 tournament.
In a postgame interview with Fox Sports, Morgan was at a loss for words regarding her historic achievement. “It’s incredible, I don’t know. I’m speechless,” she said. “The ball just bounced my way tonight, and I’m so thankful.”
The US Women’s Soccer Team Scored the Fastest 4 Goals in a Women’s World Cup Match
Just six minutes elapsed between the USA’s fourth and seventh goals in the game against Thailand, the quickest four goals that have ever been scored since the Women’s World Cup began in 1991.
A Record Number of Players Scored For the US Women’s Soccer Team During Its 13-0 Match Against Thailand
Seven different players on the USWNT roster put points on the board, tying Germany for the most in a World Cup match. Those players included World Cup rookies Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Sam Mewis, and veterans Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd. The US also became the first nation in tournament history to have three players score multiple goals in the same game (Morgan, Lavelle, and Mewis).
The US Women’s Soccer Team Scored the Most Goals in a Single Game in History
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Team USA’s 13 goals also set an overall record for most goals scored in a single match. That’s not just a record for women’s soccer, but for soccer altogether: no other team, men’s or women’s, has ever scored 13 goals in a World Cup match before! “We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,” Morgan told Fox Sports. “Every goal matters in this tournament and that’s what we were working on.”
Carli Lloyd Set 2 Individual Scoring Records
With her goal in the opening match against Thailand, 36-year-old cocaptain Lloyd — who you might remember scored that historic hat trick during the 2015 Women’s World Cup — became the oldest American woman to score at this level of play. Following two goals against Chile, she became the only player to score in six straight World Cup games. In the days leading up to the tournament, Lloyd wrote for The Players’ Tribune, “Here I am, once again, facing a new struggle. Am I too old? Am I fit enough? Am I done?” The answer is decidedly no, she’s not done.