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- USA set a Women's World Cup record on Tuesday with a 13-0 victory against Thailand in their opening Group F match.
- USA opened at -4.5 then closed at -5.5, easily covering the spread with 10 second-half goals.
It was never expected to be a close match, but USA absolutely throttled Thailand 13-0 in Tuesday’s Group F encounter. They set the record for most goals in a game and biggest margin of victory in Women’s World Cup history.
Striker Alex Morgan led the way with five (!) goals, tying Michelle Akers (1991 vs. Chinese Taipei) for the team’s single-game record in a Women’s World Cup.
Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis each had two goals apiece, while the other goals went to Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Mallory Pugh.
USA opened around -5000 on the moneyline and closed as high as -15000. The spread (also known as the goal line) opened -4.5 and closed -5.5.
It was a dominating performance from the very first minute, but it was still only 3-0 USA at halftime. Then everything crumbled for Thailand and it never stopped until the referee blew her whistle after three minutes of stoppage time. USA’s 10 second-half goals also set a World Cup record for most in any half.
USA were available at -350 to win Group F prior to the tournament and they’re now in a commanding position based on goal differential.
Now in their eighth World Cup appearance, USA have now won 18, drawn three and lost just once in 22 group stage matches. They’ve also extended the record for most games played (44), most wins (34) and most goals scored (125) in Women’s World Cup history.
Their next two opponents are Chile (12 p.m. ET on Sunday) and Sweden (3 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 20) on their quest for a record fourth World Cup title.