"She's a quality player and to stay encouraged through this tournament, because she's living out a dream that most girls and women don't get to". "It's a tournament where goal differential is important", Ellis said.
"She got five goals?!"
To recap: Morgan scored five of the Americans' 13 goals.
Samantha Mewis opened the floodgates five minutes after the break as the USA made life miserable for the Thais by regularly finding the back of the net. Thailand was lucky to not concede another before the break, with Ellis' team continuing to dominate the match and keep their opponents under constant pressure. We got a lot of attacks and I think we were really clinical in the number of attacks that we did get. The Americans poured on the goals and defeated Thailand 13-0 - the biggest blowout in the tournament's history. She would then add four more in the second half as the US continued their dominance.
Morgan and Mewis knocked home the next two, and Lavelle finished the barrage with her second goal in her debut off an assist from Mewis.
Morgan scored her third and fourth as the match approached full-time, and Megan Rapinoe added another on the counter-attack in between to put the US up 10-0.
"Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup", said team captain Rapinoe. This is the first time the USA has scored more than one goal in the first half of a Women's World Cup group game since the 2003 edition, when the Americans played on home soil.
The U.S. Women's National Team began its FIFA World Cup title defense with a dominant 13-0 opening victory against Thailand in Group F. Thailand had no answer for what the No. 1 ranked team in the world brought to the table, and they were a bit fortunate not to lose by more.
"When you're playing in a World Cup, every single goal may count at the end of the day", Morgan said.
The 2019 Women's World Cup final is slated for July 7.
At the final whistle, Lloyd and Christen Press were seen consoling the Thailand goalkeeper. Morgan put her arm around Thailand's Miranda Nild, who was wiping away tears on the field. "Yes, they are all athletes and they will be resilient". She still has two games to showcase herself, to get some goals.
Asked repeatedly about the lopsided score, US coach Jill Ellis wondered if a 10-0 victory in a men's World Cup would elicit the same questions.
The US returns to action on Sunday against Chile.