Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

3 takeaways from USA's record-setting win over Thailand

3 takeaways from USA's record-setting win over Thailand

Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis also scored a pair of goals. That it ended up a tournament record - for both the women's and men's side - surely did.

Mewis then made it six goals in her last five appearances for the national team when she pounced on a loose ball and soon turned provider as Lavelle swept in a cross.

Up next for the United States is World Cup newcomer Chile on Sunday in Paris.

"0.0 problem with the score line as this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you". Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game.

The American Samoa, plagued by passport issues, only suited up one of 20 regulars for this qualifier in Australia.

When the Americans headed for the interval 3-0 up, there was little indication of what was to come in the second half.

The US has not conceded a goal since it beat the Matildas 5-3 in Colorado in April, a run of five consecutive matches. Led by five goals from Alex Morgan, the Americans set the record for the largest win in Women's World Cup history with their performance.

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At the final whistle, Lloyd and Christian Press were seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. If the Americans beat Chile, they'll secure a place in the round of 16.

"This is a world championship", she added.

While Wambach asked the USWNT to continue to do its best to find more goals, she called on Federation Internationale de Football Association to give more resources to countries that need it. "We don't have any excuse and accept they are better", said Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian. "Yes they are athletes and they will be resilient". "But we also feel like we've got more to do".

Former Canada player and broadcaster on U.S. network TSN Kaylyn Kyle said she was "disgusted" at the way the USA players conducted themselves, while commentator Rob Stone suggested they should have "pulled back" once the match was in the bag.

It came close to the team's biggest rout ever.

In the last meeting between the teams, Sweden ousted the United States in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

The group-leading US, who had a 39-2 shot advantage to improve to 6-0-2 in World Cup openers, next faces Chile before playing Sweden in its last match before the knockout rounds begin. Afterward, former USA goalkeeper Hole Solo called Sweden "cowards" for bunkering on defence. (They scored six times in the time it took to write this story, by the way).

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