13-0! The incredible stats behind the USWNT’s record-breaking Thailand win
The U.S. women’s national team got its World Cup defense off to a flying start on Tuesday, blowing past Thailand with a record-breaking 13-0 win.
Having claimed the World Cup in 2015, the USWNT started off the 2019 competition by setting a record for the largest margin of victory in World Cup history, men’s or women’s, and rolled to a few other impressive marks along the way.
Alex Morgan was the star of the night. The 29-year-old scored the USA’s first, fifth, eighth, 10th and 12th goals, becoming just the second player in the history of the Women’s World Cup to net five goals in a single game.
USWNT legend Michelle Akers was the only other player to hit five in one match, doing so during the 1991 competition against Chinese Taipei, but Morgan was not content with just scoring goals.
She was happy to set the table for others as well, notching three assists on the night, the most for any single player in Women’s World Cup history, capping off a historic performance that saw her account for eight of the 13 goals scored.