A history of the USWNT in the World Cup
The United States kicks off the 2019 Women’s World Cup against Thailand at 3 p.m. in France with a Group F matchup. Stay tuned for live updates, highlights and analysis as the top-ranked United States begins the quest for its record fourth Women’s World Cup title.
That was a rare dismantling Carli Lloyd added a stoppage-time goal to finish off a 13-0 win for the biggest blowout in Women’s World Cup history.
France opened the World Cup with a nice statement with a 4-0 win in its home country. The United States one-upped — or seven-upped, maybe — the host.
Stop the fight. That’s five for Alex Morgan and the United States has a 12-0 lead.
Thailand needs a couple touchdowns to get back in this.
The United States is simply not taking its foot off the gas. Mallory Pugh comes off the bench to score No. 11 for the United States.
Six different players have scored goals for the United States.
They can! Alex Morgan has her fourth goal of the game and the United States has a 10-0 lead on Thailand.
Megan Rapinoe gets involved again, this time with a weaving drouble through the left side of the Thailand defense. Somehow, Thailand totally lost track of Morgan and Rapinoe found her fellow forward right in the middle of the box for an easy shot.
Megan Rapinoe gets in on the fun now thanks to a long, long cross. This time, the United States’ attack simply ran by the Thailand defense to stretch the lead to 9-0.
Can they get to 10?
There’s No. 8 — and a hat trick for Alex Morgan.
This third goal showcases her ability as a hold up forward. With her back to the goal, Morgan takes a feed from Christen Press, makes a little turn and flushes home her third goal of the game to give the United States an 8-0 lead.
The United States is still buzzing and it wouldn’t be crazy to see it get an eighth goal here before the end of the day.
The United States is now up to 31 shots with 15 on goal.
What a debut for Sam Mewis. Already with two goals, the midfielder makes a good pass in the box to set up Rose Lavelle’s second goal.
Four goals in six minutes. This is a statement performance by the United States.
Three goals for the United States in less than five minutes has turned this into an utter laugher. Crystal Dunn, playing in her first World Cup, makes a great run down the left sideline for a cross to set up the sixth goal.
Dunn’s cross found Rose Lavelle in the middle of the box with a couple defenders around her. Her shot gets deflected, but the United States scores on another rebound by Sam Mewis.
Alex Morgan gets a brace as a long entry pass bounces off a head and right to her hip as she trails the play. The forward knocks in the easy goal for her second of the game.
The United States isn’t slowing down.
If it wasn’t already a rout, it is now. Sam Mewis puts the United States ahead 4-0 off an assist from Megan Rapinoe. It’s the first goal for Mewis, who is playing in her first World Cup.
Only one other team has led by four goals at any point in the World Cup so far. The United States came in as the favorite and aren’t doing anything to change the expectation for a repeat.
It was a thoroughly dominant first half for the United States and it could have yielded an even bigger lead than 3-0. The United States nearly got a penalty shot in stoppage time, but a close call was a no call and another late flurry by the United States came up empty after about half a dozen good looks in the final couple minutes.
This was still something of a statement half for the United States. While other powerhouses like Japan and Sweden have struggled against inferior competition for before earning points, the United States wasted no time jumping on Thailand and building a big lead. Like most of the other favorites, the United States controlled a massive amount of the possession at 72 percent in the half, but this possession wasn’t empty. The United States took a whopping 15 shots and got six corner kicks.
Thailand finally got a shot off in the 28th minute, but it was quickly all United States again. More constant pressure by the United States set up a free kick just on the edge of the box and Tobin Heath sent a perfect low cross to Sam Mewes at the left post. Although Mewes couldn’t quite get a clean look, the ball trickled back to Lindsey Horan who sent an easy shot home to put the United States up 3-0.
Domination has been thorough for the United States. The United States has controlled 72 percent of possession time, and already has three corner kicks, nine shots and four shots on goal.
Rose Lavelle is the first newcomer on the board for the United States. The midfielder, playing in her first World Cup, got some space just outside the box and fired a left-footed strike past the Thailand goalkeeper to give the United States a 2-0 lead.
It was another good play by Alex Morgan, who touched the ball off Lavelle to keep the midfielder moving forward toward the box where she could make a decision. She decided to shoot and got on the board for the first time.
OK, now Alex Morgan has the United States’ first goal of the 2019 World Cup. After a narrow offsides call cost her a goal just seven minutes earlier, Morgan finished a header on the left side of the box to put the United States ahead 1-0.
The United States has maintained possession for 75 percent of the opening minutes and the opening goal was the result of a search for perfection. A pass came from left to right and Tobin Heath could have tried to make something happen from inside the box. Instead, the forward let the pass go by to Kelly O’Hara, who launched a perfect cross to Morgan on the far post to score. This should be a rout for the United States, as expected.
For a few seconds, it looked like Alex Morgan had her first goal of the 2019 World Cup. The United States has buzzed for the first five minutes and got to set up a cross after a corner kick. Lindsey Horan won a jump ball with Thailand’s goalkeeper at the left post and knocked a ball across the goal mouth for Morgan to tap in.
Officials actually didn’t go to video-assisted review and a television replay revealed an incredibly close call with half of Morgan’s body offsides.
Things are underway in France. Most interesting lineup note is Julie Ertz playing center back. She started there at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, but has mostly been a midfielder lately.
The United States gets on the attack early and should attack often, so we’ll see how often Ertz is even tested back there.
In just 30 minutes, the United States’ Women’s World Cup title defense will get underway against Thailand to kick off play in Group F. The United States has never lost its World Cup opener and it’s a major favorite once again to start the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
In the only previous meeting between the United States and Thailand, the United States won by nine goals at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
With the United States’ loaded front line, a similar outcome is possible Tuesday at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France.
Superstar striker Alex Morgan plays the center forward role in the United States’ 4-3-3 alignment, and Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are two all-world wings getting her the ball. Behind those three are Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan and Sam Mewis, all of whom are playing in the World Cup for the first time and could be part of the next generation of attacking for the United States.
The biggest question marks for the United States come in the back end.
Alyssa Naeher was the reserve on the 2015 Women’s World Cup team, but now she’s taking over as the top goalkeeper with Hope Solo out of the picture. In front of her are Crystal Dunn, Julie Ertz, Abby Dahlkemper and Kelley O’Hara, another relatively inexperienced group for the United States. Both Dunn and Dahlkemper are playing in the World Cup for the first time, and O’Hara is making her first career World Cup start.
Some of the biggest names on the roster are available off the bench. A loaded group of reserves includes Mallory Pugh, Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger and Christen Press.