The US Women's National Soccer Team started the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a record-breaking game against Thailand in Paris. The historic run ended with a stunning 13-0 victory, but that result is not the only thing that will leave your jaw on the floor. Here's what the team racked up on the way to defending its World Cup title.
The USA's 13-0 Win Against Thailand Marked the Highest Margin of Victory in a Soccer Game
By the end of the blowout victory, the US women had outscored their Thai opponents 13-0. That 13-point margin of victory is not only a record for the women's tournament, but a FIFA world record. It became the biggest margin of victory in history!
The last time that the US and Thailand met up, in the 2015 tournament, the American women also scored a big victory of 8-0, but it's nothing compared to the 2019 game's margin. Prior to that game, the biggest margin of victory was Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in the 2007 men's World Cup.
Alex Morgan Scored the Most Individual Goals in a Single Women's World Cup Game
Forward Alex Morgan, one of USWNT's biggest stars, set an individual record in the match against Thailand. Over the course of the team's huge victory, Morgan personally scored five goals. That enormous achievement ties the record for most goals scored in a single game — the last woman to achieve that feat was Michelle Akers, who set the record during a 1991 match against Chinese Taipei.
In a postgame interview with Fox Sports, Morgan was at a loss for words regarding her historic achievement. "It's incredible, I don't know. I'm speechless," she said. "The ball just bounced my way tonight, and I'm so thankful."
The US Women's Soccer Team Scored the Fastest 4 Goals in a Women's World Cup Match
Just six minutes elapsed between USA's fourth and seventh goals in the game against Thailand, the quickest four goals that have ever been scored since the Women's World Cup began in 1991.
A Record Number of Players Scored For the US Women's Soccer Team During Its 13-0 Match Against Thailand
Seven different players on the USWNT roster put points on the board, tying Germany for the most in a World Cup match. Those players included World Cup rookies Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Sam Mewis, and veterans Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Carli Lloyd. The US also became the first nation in tournament history to have three players score multiple goals in the same game (Morgan, Lavelle, and Mewis).
The US Women's Soccer Team Scored the Most Goals in a Single Game in History
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Team USA's 13 goals also set an overall record for most goals scored in a single match. That's not just a record for women's soccer, but for soccer altogether: no other team, men's or women's, has ever scored 13 goals in a World Cup match before! "We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves," Morgan told Fox Sports. "Every goal matters in this tournament and that's what we were working on."
Carli Lloyd Set 2 Individual Scoring Records
With her goal in the opening match against Thailand, 36-year-old cocaptain Lloyd — who you might remember scored that historic hat trick during the 2015 Women's World Cup — became the oldest American woman to score at this level of play. Following two goals against Chile, she became the only player to score in six straight World Cup games. In the days leading up to the tournament, Lloyd wrote for The Players' Tribune, "Here I am, once again, facing a new struggle. Am I too old? Am I fit enough? Am I done?" The answer is decidedly no, she's not done.
The US Women's Soccer Team Scored the Most Goals in Group Play in Women's World Cup History
With its two goals against Sweden in the third and final match of group play — including a strike by Horan that remains the fastest opening goal of the 2019 World Cup — the USWNT added yet another record, putting more points on the board in group play (18 total) than any other nation in the tournament's history.
The US Women's Soccer Team Scored Early Goals in a Record Number of Games During a Single Women's World Cup
With its wins over Spain, France, and England in the knockout round of the tournament, the United States became the first nation to score in the first 12 minutes of six straight matches in a FIFA Women's World Cup.
The US Women's Soccer Team Recorded the Most Consecutive Wins in Women's World Cup History
With a 2-1 triumph over England in the semifinals of the tournament, the USWNT recorded its 11th consecutive win at the World Cup, breaking a record set by Norway in 1999. The team ended its historic run with a 12th win, defeating the Netherlands in the final to clench the title.
Megan Rapinoe Became the Oldest Player to Score in a Women's World Cup Final
Sixty-one minutes into the USWNT's championship match against the Netherlands, Rapinoe buried a penalty kick, becoming the oldest player to score in a Women's World Cup final at age 34. (She ousted Lloyd, who had set the record four years earlier.) It was Rapinoe's sixth goal of the tournament, a feat that earned her the Golden Boot; Morgan finished a close second.
The US Women's Soccer Team Scored the Most Goals in a Single Women's World Cup
With its two goals against the Netherlands in the final — one each from Rapinoe and LaVelle — the USWNT scored a total of 26 goals against its World Cup opponents, breaking a single-tournament record set by the United States and Germany in 1991 and 1993, respectively.
The US Women's Soccer Team Won a Record 4th Women's World Cup Title
With its victory over the Netherlands in the championship match, the USWNT claimed its fourth World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019), more than any nation in Women's World Cup history. (Germany is the second winningest team, with two championships.) The US women won their recent back-to-back championships under Jill Ellis, who became the first coach to win two FIFA Women's World Cup titles.
The US Women's Soccer Team Set All-Time Records For Games Played and Won at the Women's World Cup
The United States is the only nation to make an appearance in the semifinal of every Women's World Cup, dating back to the first tournament in 1991. By the end of the 2019 tourney, the USWNT had played in a total of 50 World Cup games, winning 40 of those matches — the most of any nation in the history of the tournament.
The US Women's Soccer Team Set a Record For Goals Scored in Women's World Cup Play
Over the course of those 50 games at the World Cup, the US women have scored 138 goals, while allowing just 38 from their opponents. This makes them the most dominant team in FIFA Women's World Cup history.