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USA smokes Thailand 13-0 in Game 1 of World Cup

The U.S. women's soccer team came ready to defend their 2015 World Cup title on Tuesday.
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United States' Alex Morgan, second right, celebrates after scoring her side's 12th goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Morgan scored five goals during the match. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ST. LOUIS — What a showing for the U.S. women's soccer team as they defeated Thailand 13-0 in their first game of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

But was anyone really surprised?

The last time the U.S. played Thailand in September of 2016, they crushed them 9-0.

Unfortunately for Thailand, this was not expected to be a challenging game for USA.

Under the FIFA World Rankings, USA is ranked No 1. where Thailand is ranked 34. 

And sadly, we did not get to see our St. Louis native Becky Sauerbrunn shine in their first game. 

Sauerbrunn, who usually starts at center back, was sat due to some minor quad pain and with their match-up on Tuesday afternoon, they decided it was better to save her for their more challenging matches and not risk it. 

With 13-0 goals scored, several players were able to score their first ever World Cup goal. 

Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis both scored two goals and Mallory Pugh scored one in their first ever World Cup appearance. 

A few veterans got their time to shine as well... Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd both got on the board scoring one goal each but the biggest talk of the game will be Alex Morgan. 

Morgan racked up five goals, which ties legend soccer star Michelle Akers for the most goals scored in a single game by a player. 

After watching this game, it seems that these ladies came ready to play. 

Up next, USA faces Chile on Sunday, June 16. Chile is ranked No. 39 so Game 2 could possibly be another blowout. 

Their toughest opponent in the first round will be in their third game against No. 9 Sweden on Thursday, June 20. 

For the U.S. women's full tournament schedule, view their website. 

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