Wambach defends United States of America after 13-0 humiliation of Thailand

USA women’s team training session before their clash against Thailand

The U.S. National Team's first game will be against Thailand on Tuesday at 12 P.M. PST/3 P.M. EST.

It's actually the second time Thailand made the World Cup after the team's debut in 2015.

The U.S. team brings a squad replete with talent and experience, but it also must shoulder sky-high expectations.

"Now they have been in back-to-back World Cups". Out of the 18 USWNT players that played that day, 17 are on this World Cup roster, including Carli Lloyd who had a hat trick. Even the team's newer members such as forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Lindsey Horan have been with the team at least three years and played at the last Olympics.

Alex Morgan scored five goals in Reims, where United States of America claimed the largest margin of victory ever at a World Cup in both the men's and women's tournaments.

Hong, 45, is also a former North Korean player who is in her third Women's World Cup as an assistant referee, while Kim, 39, is in her fourth consecutive Women's World Cup.

Morgan says that sort of experience gives the team an edge.


The 41-year-old began her refereeing career in 2007 and plans to retire after this World Cup.

"I know that there is a large responsibility on my shoulders in terms of being a good role model", she told Oregon Live in 2013.

Sweden's Kosovare Asllani, center, and Chile's Karen Araya, right, challenge for the ball during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Chile and Sweden at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The toughest of those is Sweden, the country that knocked out the USA in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

"The players will be absolutely devastated but we're a resilient group and I'm pretty confident we'll bounce back", said New Zealand coach Tom Sermanni.

The Thai squad has two US -born members who have played for American colleges: Goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao plays at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and forward Miranda Nild played at UC Berkeley - Morgan's alma mater.

"We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves", Morgan said after the game. "So the fact that they're here, they're competing, and they're ready, we know we have to be at our very best", USA coach Jill Ellis said.

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