In the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup, the United States team made its debut last Tuesday against Thailand’s team.
In an achievement worthy of its position in the Guinness World Records we could see how the team, led by coach Jill Ellis, defeated Thailand, with a final score of 13 – 0. We were all witnesses of how the national team made history.
In little more than ninety minutes full of excitement and many expectations for its end, the players broke the internet as the public joined the live broadcasts, of what became a fact for the history of American’s sports and women empowerment.
But who are really the stars that gave us such a stunning triumph? Scroll down to learn a little bit more about these seven players, whose talent gave us 13 of the most impressive goals.
Alex Morgan (Forward)
Alexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco, was born in San Dimas, California in 1989. Morgan became the youngest member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team in 2009, and was the first overall pick in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer team. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Morgan won her first Olympic gold medal by helping the U.S. women defeat Japan. Three years later, she was a leader on the team that again defeated Japan to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Alex Morgan | @alexmorgan13
A beautiful ball in by Kelley O’Hara gives Alex Morgan the perfect chance to bury the chance. All of the waiting, the build up… it was the perfect opening goal for the US team. After that ‘false start’ of having a strike ruled out for offside, Alex Morgan has her goal. Kelley O’Hara bursts down the US right and dinks a lovely ball to the back post. The US No13 is in acres of space and has time to nod home with ease. The holders are up and running! 12′
A Tobin Heath free kick on the USA right is swung in, not dealt with by the Thai defence and poked home by the Stars and Stripes’ star striker. 53′ With her magnificent performance, Alex Morgan becomes the 4th women to score a World Cup hat-trick for USA
It’s a hat-trick! The USA’s No13 is found in an inch of space just inside the Thai penalty area, she turns on a dime, pulls the ball back onto her right foot and slams home. Superb technique from one of the world’s leading strikers. 74′
And. It’s. Ten. Rapinoe strolls from the USA’s left flank, dances past a number of Thai challenges to tee up the US No13. She opens up her body and curls a nonchalant effort into the net for her fourth. 81′
It’s a potentially record-breaking and definitely record-levelling effort in one strike. 12-0 would be a record Women’s World Cup winning scoreline if it were to finish by this margin, while only Michelle Akers had ever scored five in a WWC match before today. Some remarkable records are tumbling with this incredible scoreline. 87′
Player of the match.
Yes, Morgan was also award as the Player of the match. “I’m feeling in peak form right now. The preparation days before this, I think the team in general was feeling great. Having the pre-camp at the Tottenham training facility helped us build more together and united. Me personally, I feel great.” Alex Morgan.
Rose Lavelle (Midfielder)
Rosemary Lavelle is an American soccer player who is signed with the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. She has represented the United States on multiple youth national soccer teams including the under-18, under-20, and under-23 teams and was called up to the United States women’s national soccer team in 2015. She played collegiate soccer for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2013–2016. Lavelle was named to the U.S. WNT roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
Rose Lavelle | @lavellerose
She was the author of two goals ( 20″ | 56″) According to Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA , her scores were like this:
And it’s two! The USA No16 picks the ball up outside the area and drives towards goal. She sets herself before hitting a firm left-footed strike past the despairing dive of Sukanya Chor Charoenying. The holders’ early dominance is certainly becoming ominous for the Asian outfit.
With the way Rose Lavelle has been playing in this first half, you had to know a goal was coming. Her excellent midfield work bought her that goal. We’ll see if the youngster can add any more before the night is out. 20′
Mewis is set free insisde the Thai penalty area and cuts back into the centre of the box. Alex Morgan leaves the ball for the onrushing Lavelle, who slams home. It’s four goals in a devastating six-minute spell for the States. 56′
Lindsey Horan (Midfielder)
Lindsey Michelle Horan, was born in 1994 in Golden, Colorado, United States, is an American professional soccer player who currently plays primarily as a midfielder for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. In 2018 she was named NWSL MVP. Horan was a leading player for the Thorns during their 2017 championship season, scoring the winning goal in the championship game, and before that was a prolific scorer for Paris Saint-Germain FC, scoring 46 goals in 58 appearances.
Lindsey Horan | @lindseyhoran10
Horan scored a goal (32″) According to Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA , her score was like this:
A well-worked free kick results in a third USA goal. tobin Heath curls the set-piece into the Thai box, Mewis can’t get the ball under control and the USA No9 smashes home from close range. 32′
Sam Mewis (Midfielder)
Samantha “Sam” Mewis (born October 9, 1992) is an American soccer player. She plays as a midfielder for the North Carolina Courage and the United States women’s national soccer team. Mewis was a member of the United States under-17 team that was runner-up at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. As her sister Kristie was also a member of the team, they were the first sisters to represent the United States at a Women’s World Cup. They also played together at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Sam Mewis | @sammymewyy
She made two extraordinary goals (50″ | 54″) According to Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA , her scores were like this:
A significant goal on a number of levels for USA’s No3. On her first appearance at the Women’s World Cup, Mewis scores her first goal at the global finals – which is also the 800th in the tournament’s history. The midfielder broke free of a Thai challenge on the edge of the penalty area and hit a deflected left-footed drive past Chor Charoenying. 50′
USA are racing away with this. Crystal Dunn bursts free down the USA left and cuts back to Rose Lavelle. Her effort is deflected into the path of the No3, who calmly slots home. 54′
Megan Rapinoe (Forward)
Megan Anna Rapinoe born July 5, 1985) is an American professional soccer midfielder/winger who plays for and captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. As a member of the United States women’s national soccer team, she helped the U.S. win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the gold at the 2012 London Olympics, and finish runners-up at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.
Megan Rapinoe | @mrapinoe
She score a goal (79″) According to Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA , her score was like this:
And. It’s. Nine. Rapinoe has been the hub of the USA’s play today and deserves her spot on the scoresheet. It’s a rapid break from back to front as the US win the ball just outside their own penalty area and sweep forward. Rapinoe goes box-to-box to get on the end of a crossfield ball and slide home. 79′
Mallory Pugh (Forward)
Mallory Diane Pugh (born April 29, 1998) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team. Pugh has represented the United States at two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments. She was the youngest member of the team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Mallory Pugh | @malpugh
She scored a goal (85″) According to Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA , her score was like this:
After a Thai goal kick, the ball is tapped forward to the 21-year-old substitute who races past the opposition defence, dances past the onrushing Chor Charoenying and taps home. If the game were to finish 11-0, the US would level the highest winning scoreline in Women’s World Cup history (Germany beat Argentina by the same scoreline in 2007) 85′
Carli Lloyd (Forward)
Carli Anne Lloyd (born July 16, 1982) is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016). She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team as a midfielder.
CARLI LLOYD | @carlilloyd
Lloyd’s scored a goal (90’+2) According to Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA , her score was like this:
She’s in on the act. The No10’s strike makes her the oldest goal scorer at the Women’s World Cup (36 years and 330 days). This will now certainly be a record-breaking final score. 90’+2
This US team came out all guns blazing ready to make a huge statement, and they did just that. They’re hungry for goals and hungry to win. Alex Morgan was the star with her five goals and this result is huge for the team moving forward in the tournament. A healthy, strong and confident Morgan will lead this team far if they jump on her back and let her guide them. Overall Jill Ellis has to be pleased with the way they played tonight. Erin Fish
- New WWC record winning margin (13-0)
- Record-levelling 5 goals by one player in a WWC game (Alex Morgan)
- New WWC record of 7 different scorers in one game
- Sam Mewis scored 800th goal in WWC history
- Carli Lloyd now scored in 5 consecutive WWC games
What do you think of this powerful women’s team? They are a true national pride, right? Don’t you miss next match on June 16 (Sunday) at 18:00 (local time – Paris) USA vs CHI
Cover Image by: FIFA
Consulted websites for this post:
fifa.com/womensworldcup/ | biography.com/athlete/alex-morgan> | wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Lavelle> | wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Horan> | wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Mewis> | wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Rapinoe#International_career> | wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallory_Pugh> | wikipedia.org/wiki/Carli_Lloyd> | biography.com/athlete/carli-lloyd> | Erin Fish | @FIFAWWC_USA USA Official Team Reporter for @FIFAWWC 2019.