Instead of talking about this performance, the tone it sets for the rest of the U.S.' tournament and the implications of Alex Morgan being at her peak for a World Cup, the discourse is primarily revolving around that 13-goal figure, and the celebrations for those goals.
Substitute Mallory Pugh then scored to put the USA up 11-0 and Morgan added her fifth goal of the night to join compatriot Michelle Akers as the only two women to score five in a single match at the World Cup.
The U.S. Women's National Team won its first game of the World Cup with the largest margin of victory in Federation Internationale de Football Association history Tuesday in a wild soccer match against Thailand.
Sauerbrunn, at her third World Cup, was a steadying force for the US defense in Canada when the USA went 540 minutes without conceding a goal.
"Honestly, you're going up against a side that is the first time in the World Cup, they're just happy to be there..."
The Americans' 13 goals set a new record for the most goals in a single World Cup match.
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Marta, a 33-year-old forward, missed Sunday's match with a left thigh injury she suffered last month in training. I hope we can qualify for the knockout stage because these two goals are meant to help us do just that".
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Thailand, ranked No. 34 in the world, was clearly outmatched even though the team has shown progress on the world stage.
One of those players was Miranda Nild, and American-born Thailand forward who plays at Morgan's alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley. And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents. "We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back".
"They were disappointed of course, they meant to make an impression in this first match and they were disappointed", coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said through a translator.
The USWNT is seeking its fourth World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015). In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who they've been grouped with six times in World Cup play. The U.S. beat the Dominican Republic 14-0 in a 2012 Olympic qualifier in Vancouver, British Columbia.
It may not have been a ideal match as several of the players were still finding their groove on the worldwide stage, but the win gave the US some comfort and confidence heading into their next game against Chile on Sunday. The United States can score in such a wide variety of ways it isn't privy to an upset possibility in the way other top-flight teams are.
Sweden defeated Chile 2-0 earlier on Tuesday in Rennes, a match that featured a 40-minute weather delay.