The United States Women's National Soccer Team has already turned heads at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup after just one game. Their 13-0 (yes you read that correctly) domination of Thailand in their Group F opener on Tuesday represented the largest margin of victory (and most goals scored) in Women's World Cup history. It surpassed Germany's 11-0 pounding of Argentina back in 2007. It also marked the seventh time that Team USA has scored five or more goals in a single game in this event.
Team USA is now 58-6-17 against Asian teams as the focus shifts to its next game against Chile. The Chileans are making their World Cup debut and so far it hasn't gotten off to the start that they had hoped for. While the United States was handling business against Thailand, Chile fell to European powerhouse Sweden by the score of 2-0 on Tuesday. Now they take on a U.S. team that not only means business but also defeated Chile in back-to-back friendlies in 2018 (by a combined score of 7-0).
United States (USA) vs. Chile
When: Saturday, June 16 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Parc Des Princes (Paris)
Three Things to Watch
1. Captain Morgan
USA forward Alex Morgan was the star of the show against Thailand. She tied the FIFA Women's World Cup record for goals in a game with five (joining fellow countrywoman Michelle Akers), bringing her international career total to 106, good for sixth in team history. With four days to recover in between games, she'll be fresh and ready to go against Chile. After her offensive outburst in the opener, Chile will have to put together a defensive game plan that focuses on containing Morgan.
2. The United States gets it done on defense
For as much attention as Team USA's offense got, their defense was just as dominant. They limited Thailand to just 25 percent of ball possession, two shots on goal, and didn't yield any corner kicks. The U.S. was so good at limiting the open field that they only needed to make six tackles against Thailand. They also had nine blocked shots and didn't draw a single yellow card. It doesn't get any better than that.
3. Chile's youth movement
Not only is this Chile's first-ever World Cup appearance, but they also have a roster full of young players. Eleven of their players range in age from 17-25, only three players are listed as being 30, but 11 players have at least 35 caps. So while they may not have a large amount of international experience, they have plenty of game experience. Midfielder Francisca Lara is the leader of this unit (59 caps, 20 goals).
It'll be interesting to see how Team USA approaches Chile's youth and speed (completed 139 of 250 passes against Sweden), but this should be another solid win for the United States. I don't expect the American to put up double-digit goals again, but they will find their way onto the scoreboard.
Prediction: United States 3, Chile 0
(Photo courtesy of @USWNT)