Final, 13-0 USA: The United States kicked of its World Cup title defense in the most emphatic manner possible.
Having carried a 3-0 lead into halftime, USA exploded with 10 more goals in the second period to rewrite the FIFA World Cup record books. USA broke Thailand’s resolve, and its resistance soon wilted away.
The result reflects the balance of play, as Thailand never played the protagonists’ role and simply was at the mercy of USA and the clock.
Alex Morgan is the player of the game, largely due to her record five goals and three assists.
USA tops Group F after one game thanks to its healthy goal differential.
USA will face Chile at Noon ET, and Thailand will face Sweden at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday in the second Group F games.
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90th minute +2, 13-0 USA: With a minute remaining in the game, Carli Lloyd punishes Thailand further.
87th minute, 12-0 USA: Alex Morgan scores again. That’s her fifth goal of the game. USA now leads by a dozen.
85th minute, 11-0 USA: Mallory Pugh adds to USA’s record tally.
81st minute, 10-0 USA: Alex Morgan scores her fourth goal for the game, putting the U.S. into double digits.
79th minute, 9-0 USA: Megan Rapinoe joins her teammates in the goal-fest.
74th minute, 8-0 USA: Alex Morgan adds to the USA’s epic tally with her third goal of the game.
71st minute, 7-0 USA: The referee shows Thailand’s Taneekarn Dangda a yellow card for a heavy tackle.
71st minute, 7-0 USA: Thailand makes its final personnel change, as Orathai Srimanee replaces Warunee Phetwiset.
69th minute, 7-0 USA: Mallory Pugh replaces Julie Ertz in USA’s final substitution.
67th minute, 7-0 USA: Not content with a seven-goal lead the U.S. continues to pressure Thailand and create scoring chances. Thailand goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying denies the Americans’ efforts with a flurry of saves in quick succession.
65th minute, 7-0 USA: Thailand makes another substitution. Taneekarn Dangda enters. Rattikan Thongsombut exits.
60th minute, 7-0 USA: We’re on the cusp of a new record goal tally for USA in a Women’s World Cup game, and this team has 30 minutes to make history.
57th minute, 7-0 USA: Carli Lloyd and Christen Press replace Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath, respectively, as the USA makes a double substitution.
56th minute, 7-0 USA: Poor Thailand. USA leads by seven. Rose Lavelle does the honors.
55th minute, 6-0 USA: This game officially is a blowout, as Samantha Mewis puts USA up by six.
53rd minute, 5-0 USA: Alex Morgan makes puts the USA ahead by five.
50th minute, 4-0 USA: Samantha Mewis extends the USA’s lead to four goals.
After receiving Megan Rapinoe’s pass, Mewis powerful shot deflected off a defender and into Thailand’s goal.
It’s a historic goal, too.
46th minute, 3-0 USA: The second half is underway.
Halftime, 3-0 USA: That’s the end of the first period.
The U.S. clearly means business in France as it explodes to a three-goal advantage in its opening game. Morgan’s, Lavelle’s and Horan’s goals highlight a period, which the United States controlled from start to finish. In fact, USA could have scored five or six goals had the referees heeded penalty appeals or Thailand defended less courageously at the end of the half.
45th minute, 3-0 USA: There will be two minutes of stoppage time in the first half.
USA continues to threaten Thailand’s goal, but a series of saves and blocks inside the penalty area preserves the current scoreline.
The referee also could have awarded the United States a penalty after this heavy challenge on Lindsey Horan but she declined to do so.
35th minute, 3-0 USA: Thailand makes an early substitution, as Pikul Khueanpeat replaces Wilaiporn Boothduang.
32nd minute, 3-0 USA: There’s the third goal for the USA. Lindsey Horan does the honors.
Tobin Heath whipped a free kick into Thailand’s six-yard box. It deflected off Samantha Mewis but bounced kindly to Horan, who fired it home from close range.
27th minute, 2-0 USA: FIFA’s statistics show the staggering scale of U.S. dominance so far.
Jill Ellis’ team has a 76 to 24 percent advantage in possession and has eight shots on goal. Thailand has no shots.
22nd minute, 2-0 USA: Samantha Mewis goes down in Thailand’s penalty area, but the referee declines to award a penalty kick, and VAR confirms the decision.
20th minute, 2-0 USA: Rose Lavelle doubles the United States’ lead with a fine strike from distance.
She ran onto Alex Morgan’s layoff pass and hit a powerful left-footed shot from 20 yards past Thailand goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, who should have stopped the effort.
12th minute, 1-0 USA: Alex Morgan rewards USA for its early dominance with the opening goal.
She headed home Kelly O’Hara’s cross at the back post after Thailand center back Natthakarn Chinwong jumped to clear the cross but failed to make contact on it.
Morgan hadn’t scored in her last 302 minutes of action, according to Opta. She breaks her three-plus-game goal drought against a team she enjoys facing.
Ninth minute, 0-0: The U.S. has controlled possession and applied pressure throughout the opening phase, registering three shots on goal in the first five minutes. Yet, the score remains goal-less.
Fifth minute, 0-0: USA thought it had scored after Alex Morgan tapped in Lindsey Horan’s header, but the referee’s assistant ruled her offside and disallowed the goal.
Kickoff: The national anthems have played, and USA versus Thailand now is underway.
Pregame: Here are the starting lineups.
2:30 p.m. ET: The U.S. women’s soccer team’s first kick toward glory will take place in a matter of minutes.
Team USA will face Thailand on Tuesday in Reims, France, in their opening game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Group F clash pits the reigning champions against a team that made its World Cup debut just four years ago.
The United States defeated Thailand 9-0 in September 2016 in the teams’ last meeting.
USA versus Thailand is scheduled to kick off a 3 p.m. ET. Stay right here for score updates and highlights from the game.
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