SportsAlex Morgan comforted a crying Thai player after Team USA's 13-0 smackdown of Thailand in its first match of the World Cup
Alex Morgan has 5 goals as US routs Thailand 13-0
REIMS, France — Thailand was never a real threat to the U.S. national team. Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game. Goals matter in the group stage. And statements matter in soccer's biggest tournament. "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup," said captain Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan tied the tournament record with five goals and the United States opened with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night.
The U.S. Women's National Team got off to a rousing start at the 2019 World Cup, beating Thailand 13-0 in a game they dominated from start to finish.
Alex Morgan led the way, scoring five goals, then afterward, showed some good sportsmanship when she comforted an upset player on Thailand.
As the two sides shook hands after the match, Morgan was seen hugging Thailand's Miranda Nild, appearing to offer some words of encouragement as Nild got choked up.
, Morgan knows Nild, who, like Morgan, attended the University of California-Berkeley.
"I just met her in the hallway, so it's already friendly," Morgan told Wahl. "I introduced myself to her. I was the proactive one, so I already have the edge on that. I'm really excited to see some fellow Cal Bears … For Miranda, it's just such a great opportunity. She's a player that's shown really well with the Thai team."
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The USA's lop-sided win set plenty of records, but also drew some criticism as Jill Ellis' side ran Thailand ragged in a 13-0 victory.
During and after the match there was some debate as to whether Team USA should have relented to keep from running up the score. After the match, many of Fox's analysts agreed that it is more disrespectful to an opponent stop trying.
The U.S. is set to play Chile next while Thailand faces Sweden.
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