United States of America hit record score in World Cup opener

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"This is a world championship".

"A lot of this is about building momentum and so as a coach I don't find it my job to rein my players in", coach Jill Ellis said.

Over on RTE, commentator Lisa Fallon said, after one of the goals, that the goalkeeper could not be blamed for the result. On Tuesday night, in front of a pro-American crowd of 18,591, the US won 13-0 against Thailand.

It was 3-0 up until the 50th minute, and then the wheels fell off.

The USA had 39 shots to Thailand's two, winning 10 corners to zero off the back of a dominant 75 per cent possession.

The US players were unrepentant, however, with five-goal star Morgan saying: "With the scoreline tonight, we have to look at the group stage as every goal counts".

"We knew that every goal could matter in this group stage game and when it comes to celebrations this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together", the striker said. "I'm on #teamthailand at this point", posted Jeff Paterson, Vancouver Canucks beat reporter for TSN 1040 in Canada.

An impressive scoreline but it was the manner in which the United States side continued to celebrate each goal that didn't impress Canadian pundits from TSN Sports.

The Americans were relentless against opponents ranked 34th in the world and hit back at suggestions they could have taken their foot off the pedal and saved Thailand from complete humiliation, rather than scoring six times in the last 16 minutes.

Sam Mewis, who started in midfield after Becky Sauerbrunn was held out for precautionary reasons with an injury, started things off in the 50th minute before Morgan, Lavelle and Mewis all added their second goals to make it 7-0. For a handful of players, not only was it their first World Cup goal, but their first World Cup match.

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On International Women's Day in March, all 28 members of the women's team filed a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, alleging they do the same job as the men's team in exchange for lower wages and inferior working conditions. MA native Samantha Mewis scored in the 50th and 54th minutes, Alex Morgan tallied in the 53rd and Rose Lavelle struck in the 56th in the most quickest four-goal outburst in Women's World Cup history.

The U.S. women's soccer team thrashed Thailand 13 to nothing on Tuesday - the biggest margin ever in a World Cup. Thailand, ranked 34th in the world, are not reflective of the competition the U.S. will face in the later rounds.

The Women's World Cup kicked off on Saturday with host France beating South Korea 4-0.

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In the exchange of handshakes and congratulations that followed the match, Morgan sought out Nild and put an arm around her - not to console but to encourage. CBS News detailed how the tiebreakers work in the World Cup. "Yes they are athletes and they will be resilient".

"We were really clinical in the attacks we did get".

Alex Morgan starred with five goals in the Group F opener in Reims, in Champagne country, as the US pulverised a Thailand side playing at just their second World Cup.

Next up for the United States is a contest against Chile on Sunday.

The sport's governing body told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 1 million tickets had been "allocated", which includes those sold to fans and provided for free.

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