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USWNT opens FIFA Women's World Cup with historic victory

The United States Women's National Team kicked off it's bid for a fourth FIFA Women's World Cup Championship in record-breaking style, knocking off Thailand by a 13-0 scoreline in both team's opening match of the tournament.

Alex Morgan tied the record of USWNT legend Michelle Akers' for goals in a single Women's World Cup match, bagging five goals in the rout. The United States scored 10 goals in the second half and bested the single game record goals scored and margin of victory both previously set by Germany in 2007 (11-0 over Argentina).

While Morgan led the way, Samantha Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh each scored their first goals on the biggest stage of their careers with Mewis and Lavelle bagging a brace. Meanwhile veteran forward Carli Lloyd continued her scoring spree in the tournament, tying Germany's Birgit Prinz as the only players to score in five consecutive World Cup matches.

The United States continues group play on Sunday afternoon as they host Chile in Paris.


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