USA head coach Jill Ellis says she was “in tears” as her team recorded the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women’s World Cup against Thailand.
The USA were 3-0 up at half-time but struck 10 times in the space of 40 second-half minutes, with Alex Morgan scoring five in the 13-0 win.
“It was awesome,” Ellis said.
“You want your forwards hot in a tournament and it’s a great start, especially for Morgan. Hopefully she carries it on through the finals.”
Morgan’s five goals mean she has more goals than any other team has scored at the World Cup so far – with France’s 4-0 win against South Korea in the opening game the biggest margin of victory until now.
“I was in tears watching them,” Ellis added. “It verifies who we picked. It is about building momentum and that is part of the process.
“You want the players to leave with a good feeling. If they are in a good place mentally, that is a big step.”