2019 Women's World Cup - Can the US add a 4th star?

I'll keep this part brief. The US enters as the defending champions but not necessarily the favorite. There is a lot of hype surrounding England, Germany, and France this year, and you know Japan is always going to put up a heck of a fight. And the Canadians are back, and they're always a tough out.

But, c'mon, you know we got this

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Certainly off to a good start, three goals in the first half of play.

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Should have had at least one more right at the end of the half. They were dominating play, it was all Thailand could do to get to the whistle

Edit: And that 4th didn't take long in the second half... yikes!

Edit 2: Good lord, and the 5th....

Edit 3: lol they just scored 3 goals in 9 mins to open the 2nd half

Edit 4: 4 in 10....

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And there's the 8th. Morgan hat trick

Just set a record for most goals in a World Cup game. They are humming up front, but man, the Thailand defense is.... bad

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9th...

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10... Morgan with her 4th

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11th - now tied for largest ass whuppin in World Cup history

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12th - oh come on, Alex Morgan just abused the defense on that one. Her 5th (!!!!) goal of the game

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13th - Lloyd finally gets on the board. She's been juuuuust missing. Which is nuts, this really could be 15 or 16 to nothing.

And that's the final whistle.

10 goals in the 2nd half. Wow!

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[MURICA INTENSIFIES]

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

9-nil in the 80th minute

10-nil in the 81st

11-nil in the 84th minute

12-nil in the 87th

More goals than UVA fans at their spring sugar cookie extravaganza.

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13-nil in the 92nd

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USMNT: They scored how many Goals at World Cup? Wow that's a lot in the group stage
USWNT: that was one game boys.

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Anyone watch this in spanish. This would have been a good game in spanish.

(add if applicable) /s

Here, I'll add the transcript from the game: "Hello welcome to us vs thailand - gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal. Wow what a game, tha ks for watching"

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Leonard. Duh.

For the record.

They scored as many points as the Patriots did in the Super Bowl this year.

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Boat raced!

I'm really proud of our women's lacrosse team for blanking Thailand...Not lacrosse? Football? Ok, I guess 13-0 is good, not a very exciting game. Oh THAT kind of football.

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That's a dumb tweet. The Thai women's players are literally amateurs. Shit, they have a player on their roster who plays for Kennesaw State University, a couple free agents, and the rest are women with day jobs in Thailand.

The fact of the matter is the women's world cup will never be competitive top to bottom until more than just a few countries start actually encouraging girls to play sports. The playing field is so slanted in favor of the U.S. and a handful of others that it's absurd.

Didn't the USMNT lose two games to really awful teams this month?

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Granted. But in friendlies that don't matter and even those teams weren't nearly as bad as this team the women just whipped, in a relative sense.

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Those results were not good ones, but about half of Venezuela's starters played the past season in a top 4 European league, compared to only one American. Venezuela is better. The Jamaica result was bad, yes, but why is that being brought up?

I just find it so odd that whenever the USWNT does anything, people have a fetish with bringing up the USMNT to compare for some reason. Idk if they are trying to imply the women should get equal money seeing how that has been an ongoing debate. Beating an amateur (again, these are women with day jobs or in college) team 13-0 is not proof that the women's team deserves equal compensation or whatever these people are trying to say. In fact, it is proof of why there is, unfortunately, less money available in women's sports.

Did you do any fact checking before typing?

The majority of the Thailand team plays professionally in Thailand which would mean they are not amateurs. Also, one of Thailand's best players played at Cal. Do you know who else played there? Alex Morgan.

Actually, yes I did. The Thai women's league is semi-pro at best. There are 11 teams including a U-16 team, a U-19, and a few colleges. It is not a legitimate pro league. And I've seen multiple things saying these players have day jobs, which is often true for semi-pro players.

Then you must know more than the Fox announcers during the game. They spoke highly of the Thai league during the game.

I'm of the opinion that we should celebrate countries who are trying to develop their sports programs, not tear them down when they are still growing. The fact that they have any sort of women's professional league should be celebrated because it will only make the game better around the world.

Well, looking at the scoreline and their amateur competition, I'll go out on a limb and say it sucks

Then you must know more than the Fox announcers

considering fox has awful soccer announcers, it's possible

sort of /s

No /s. They suck.

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wut?

Being realistic and saying the team is sub-par on an international level isn't tearing them down when its true. Its also not tearing down their pro league to point out that it is semi-pro where most of the women have to have a second job to make ends meet. That shows they're not dedicating all their time and effort into training for the game like other nations (namely, the US). That's not tearing them down, that's speaking the truth.

I mean good on them for even having a league, but lets take a step back from attacking anyone for showing the reality of the situation. Plus, I'm pretty sure that the Thai women's soccer program is going to be ok, regardless of what is said about them on The Key Play.

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I did not attack. I stated facts and pointed out that I think we should be more kind.

And of course the Thai team will be fine. But like other threads, TKP does a lot of self moderation and I for one did not appreciate the tearing down of a growing program. Sure, they might not be 100% pro, but let's celebrate the fact that they have a league rather than saying their league isn't good enough.

If basing things on 2nd jobs most minor league players aren't professionals then.

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Correct, they're semi-pro players who need to supplement their livelihoods with additional jobs to pay the bills.

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Then you must know more than the Fox announcers during the game. They spoke highly of the Thai league during the game.

That 'Thai League' is mostly a league in name. They haven't even held matches for the majority of the years it's been solvent.

I hope you understand any run-of-the-mill boys U-13 or 14 club team could beat the Thai National team. While it is worth celebrating a team exists, it's a little embarrassing that this is the highest level competition in the world, and it is inclusive of teams like this one.

it's a little embarrassing that this is the highest level competition in the world, and it is inclusive of teams like this one.

How would you like for the tournament to be handled then? They don't get to play at all? They don't have a starting point...they have to come out of the box as a world power?

Stating about a U13 or 14 boys teams has ZERO relevance to the Thai team. It means nothing, and brings nothing to the conversation. Nobody cares about that, and it's completely apples and oranges.

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How would you like for the tournament to be handled then? They don't get to play at all? They don't have a starting point...they have to come out of the box as a world power?

It's the World Cup. Not everyone qualifies, nor should qualify, so yeah, I'm actually totally fine if a team like that 'doesn't get to play at all' in this tournament. Either smaller field or fewer spots to that geographic area - much as UEFA and CONMEBOL have more slots than CONCACAF, CAF, or AFC for the men.

And the comment about the boys is in-line with 'speaking highly of the league,' and putting context around what was clearly something the announcers were saying out of their ass. It's hardly a 'league'

In the 78th minute, Nigeria is beating South Korea 2-0. Nigeria is #38 in the FIFA world rankings. South Korea is #14. For additional reference, Thailand is #34. Don't blow up the system based on one game. All that qualified deserve to be there.

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The salary range for the NWSL is $16,538-46,200. The team salary cap is $421,000, meaning if you have 1 player making the maximum, the rest of your roster averages a little over $19,000. Are we going to pretend the professional league here in America pays a living wage? These ladies that we watch play at the highest level are making much more money from their endorsements and USWNT pay, but that doesn't change the fact that our league is semi-pro as well.

You are correct, but that makes no difference on the general point being made.

The opportunities afforded to the US women's players are so much greater than those afforded to the Thai players. The Thai players do not have access to anywhere near the level training that the American players do. This is a huge problem with women's soccer btw. The best teams are the ones who invest the most $ in women's sports, which is very few countries. So there are very few high level teams because, unfortunately, most national soccer federations do not care at all about women's soccer. Sure the players here might be making little money, but to compare it to the conditions that players in countries such as Thailand would be incredibly misleading.

Makes you wonder if there is enough viable competition in the sport to justify a tournament of this size. Yikes...

Argentina drawing Japan earlier this week as one of the worst teams in the tournament on paper runs counter to that. I think today was just an exceptional result.

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I remember Hungary beating El Salvador 10-1 in the 1982 World Cup...so it can happen on the men's side as well

Getting texts from my friend while at work today:
Him:
Morgan scored
Morgan scored
Morgan scored
Morgan scored
Morgan scored

Me:
Somethings up with your phone

Him:
No. There isn't

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First cycle of the group stage in the books.
Current team goals scored standings:
USWNT: 8 goals
Alex Morgan: 5 goals
France: 4 goals

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I know there is a lot of talk about the US running up the score and humiliating Thailand. I only half way agree. The US could have eased up on the attack and passed the ball around the midfield but by no means should they have been pulling back shots and passing the ball back out. While the score board would have looked a little better, Thailand knowing the US was passing up goals because they were no competition would have been humiliating and demoralizing. The US players continued to compete and play the game as they would against any team in the field, thus giving them the same respect as every other team in the tournament.

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In a friendly, that's running up the score. In the first game of the largest tournament of the sport in the world, it's called staying focused. Once the hammer is dropped and the process started, you can't let up. They actually did to a bit, but its GO time. And they went.

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This article does a good job explaining why players were so excited after scoring and why they scored so many goals. For many of them, it is their first World Cup which means it is their first goal in a World Cup. In other words, they had just accomplished something they dreamed about since they were little kids and something that very people people even get the opportunity to attempt.

SI Article

The reaction on the internet has been especially stunning. Given the long and sordid history of football culture in places like Europe and South America I can't believe the USWNT is getting dragged by foreign fans for celebrating a few goals.

We'll tell the ladies to stop carrying on when the English fans can go a full year without dumping an old man into a fountain, for example. And I say that as a longtime fan of the English game.

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These same people would be apoplectic about embarrassing the Thai women if we just pulled back and passed the ball around for the last 45 minutes of the game.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. So fuck it, bury their asses and let everyone else whine about the result.

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Yup. Like I said above, this wasn't a friendly, or exhibition to grow the game. If it was, that's bad taste. This is the World Cup.

USA beat Sui 8-0 in the women's ice hockey World Championship. Canada beat Russia 7-0. It's the largest tournament for the sport. Bring your game every minute.

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They're just pissed we built up the score differential in case that comes into play later.

Not just foreign fans, I've seen some Americans getting bent out of shape about it too.

So I'll say what other people say when they defend it: don't like it, stop them

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I don't mind the scoring - it's the WC, they should win 20-0 if they can. I also don't mind the first-timers celebrating goals.

However, Megan Rapinoe, who has 45 goals for the USWNT under her belt, doesn't need to be going to the ground doing some bogus celebration at 9-0 late in a game.

^^^THIS!!!^^^

I had no problems with continuing to score, but the over the top celebrations (running to the sideline and celebrating with the bench when it is 9+ -0) were a bit much I thought.

Yeah the Rapinoe celebration was a little over the top given the time and score. I can get the angst over that. But the others? Meh. Even Alex Morgan only celebrated pretty much out of disbelief on the dismantling she was personally doing.

But even still. Big time meh from me on the whole thing. Tired of the stuffy 'respect the game' cries that have been coming out about bat flips and the unwritten rules in baseball, postgame celebrations in hockey, and touchdown celebrations in football. Let the players have fun. If you don't want them to do it, don't let them do anything worth celebrating.

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Plus, if there were no celebrations, we wouldn't be able to laugh at Leon Lett and the like for years to come.

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I'm on a similar page as most folks here. I'm fine with continuing to score. Goal differential matters and each team in our group plays Thailand, which could result in similar scorelines. The amount of goals wasn't bothersome, just the celebrations seemed a bit much. Then again, I don't how I would react when scoring in the WC, even in a blowout.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

The most horrifying/awesome thing about this score differential is that Thailand isn't the lowest ranked team in our group. Chile is.

And now it's time to show the world
That victory is ours tonight

Chile probably isn't above tactical fouling though

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I was waiting for Thailand to start taking out US players just outside the box. I wouldn't mind seeing Morgan and Rapinoe start on the bench against Chile, with limited subs you don't want to risk your regular starters against a team you should handily pick up 3 points against. With the +13 goal differential and Sweden already playing Chile and only getting +2 goal differential, I think the US should be safe to start out against a Chile team that projects to be worse than Thailand without their stars. Morgan would love to set an unreachable World Cup goals record, so I doubt she sits at all in the tournament.

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You play with the top squad all the way thru. Don't bounce around with lineups. There's not another chance for 4 more years, so bring it every game.

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light rotation in group stage games isn't uncommon because you want to keep some legs stretched while minimizing injury risk. I wouldnt be surprised if a surefire starter or two gets dropped from the first XI only to come on around ~65-70 minutes

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Morgan needs 6 to pass Akers for most goals in a single tournament and n+8 goals to pass Marta for all-time WC goals with n being the numbers of goals Marta scores in her remaining World Cup games.

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Well Morgan and Rapinoe didn't play against Chile, the USWNT coach must TKP

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They were clearly suspended for their horrible acts of unsportswomanlike conduct against Thailand

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Leonard. Duh.

Absolute filth from the cameroon player in the last seconds of the game, dropping bodies like its nothing.

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And then celebrated so hard that they just called the game.

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Celebrate so hard they gotta take you off with a fucking stretcher thats some heavy metal shit there

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GOAL!!!!

Dunn has been a liability at left back this first half. Mewis with some pinpoint passes tho

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What a goal by Heath. Difficult angle and just popped over the head of the keeper

Keeper probably should've made that save, it was essentially a chip if you look at it from the side angle. Great goal nonetheless.

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I'm not sure why, because I didn't see it, but FIFA is ruling Heath's goal as an own goal on Sweden.

Ricocheted off the defender's left leg

Carli should have passed it on that last attempt, someone was wide open in the middle of the box, but didn't need it anyway

Good match, USA controlled a lot of the game but they were sloppy a couple of times and Sweden could have scored a couple if they had been sharper, but the US could have scored a few more also

Expecting them to handle Spain on Monday, hopefully another shutout

US isn't capitalizing enough on their attacks and some lazy passing around their own goal is hurting them

This is unbelievable that the ref isn't pulling out cards here. Hard fouls by Spain every 30 seconds.

I was thinking the same. Spain seems to be getting more violent as the match goes on.

Mewis crushed that girl. MMA style. Spain was playing physical before the incident, but I have to believe the nastiness was payback.

Finally some payoff, hopefully.

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There should be at least a single yellow for the silliness at the spot. Don't touch the ball there. And the ref shouldn't allow that.

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GOAL!!!!!!!

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US wins 2-1. Advances to face France on Friday at 3.

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath have been so fun to watch this tournament.

I wonder if press doesnt factor in more next game we felt a little lack luster at times and her pace on the wings in devastating.

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Rose rocks, wish she got more touches

(Tobin's good too)