Alex Morgan's Record Day Sends USA To Dominant World Cup Start vs Thailand

At the moment, the U.S. women's national team is everything you want from a team defending a World Cup title: fluid, saucy, and ruthless. 

At the Stade Auguste-Delaune stadium in Reims, France, on Tuesday evening, the USA completely and utterly dismantled Thailand by a margin of 13-0. Alex Morgan registered a ridiculous five goals, multiple Americans scored their first goals for their country, and all the Thai players could do — over and over again it seemed — was throw their hands in the air and hang their heads. This one was over before it started.

Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis each scored two, and Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe, Lindsey Horan, and Carli Lloyd each added a goal as well.

The U.S. thought they had scored just minutes into the game, but Morgan saw a goal discounted by an offsides call. Not too much later, though, the star striker got her chance — the first of her three on the day, and one of many occasions when she was almost completely unmarked in the box:



Morgan's third goal was the prettiest of them all. A fantastic touch controlled a sharp pass into the box, she pulled the ball back behind her right leg, squared to the net, and launched a missile into the opposite side of the net. 



The game was an auspicious beginning for their World Cup ambitions and, hopefully for Jill Ellis' side, overcoming the disappointment of their last major tournament's disappointment — back in the 2016 Olympics when the U.S. were knocked out in the quarterfinals vs Sweden. 

The disparity between the teams was apparent from the beginning, reflected well in the official FIFA women's ranking. The U.S. are ranked No. 1 while Thailand slots in at No. 38.

The scoreline was one thing, but the manner in which the U.S. destroyed Thailand was another. The Americans controlled nearly three-quarters of the possessions, tallied over three dozen shots, and hardly let their opponents get a sniff of the ball in dangerous areas. Players like Tobin Heath displayed their creativity without a hint of fear or reserve, and that should put the rest of the world on notice. France may be the hosts — and they looked excellent in their opening win — but the United States are hungry. 



There will certainly come a time in this tournament when the U.S. are tested, when they actually need to play defense, but you couldn't have scripted a better start.

D.C. United Can't Hold First-Half Lead, Lose 2-1 To NYCFC In Open Cup

D.C. United took a first-half lead in their Round of 16 U.S. Open Cup game against New York City FC at Audi Field on Wednesday night but couldn't make it count, falling 2-1 to exit the cup competition. Alexandru Mitrita scored in the 38th minute, and then Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored the winner in the 41st minute, in the first-ever Open Cup game between the two sides.

D.C. United Eye U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals With NYCFC Visit

Olsen Talks Open Cup And 2nd Half Of Season

A week after a dramatic late win over the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United host New York City FC at Audi Field on Wednesday night, hoping to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2013. The winner of the game on Wednesday night — the first matchup between the two Eastern Conference foes in the Open Cup — will go on to face either the New England Revolution or Orlando City in the quarterfinal stage.

USA Ease Past Guyana 4-0 To Open Up Gold Cup

The United States put up a scoreline that many predicted on Tuesday night, as Gregg Berhalter's side opened up their Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guyana at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul Arriola opened the scoring in the first half for the USA, and Tyler Boyd scored his first two goals for the team in his second cap after switching allegiances from New Zealand last month.

From Totti & Roma To Sarri & Juventus, Serie A's Top 6 Are In Chaos

Italy is nothing if not dramatic. 

US Men's National Team Open Gold Cup Against Debutants Guyana

After a tumultuous month, the USA finally begins their Gold Cup campaign this evening when they take on Guyana at Allianz Field, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gregg Berhalter will be hoping to get his team back on track after ugly friendly losses to Jamaica and Venezuela earlier this month. The game kicks off at 10 PM ET and will be broadcast on FS1 and UniMas.

4 Positives In A Difficult Major League Soccer Debut From FC Cincinnati

What looked to be a picturesque maiden voyage for FC Cincinnati quickly ran aground. The Orange and Blue have produced a solitary victory in the 12 matches since their bright 2-1-1 start and find themselves looking up at the rest of the league with 11 points. As the Gold Cup break provides a brief opportunity to reboot and prepare for a grueling summer and fall, it’s time to have a look at the top storylines from the first half of Cincinnati’s inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

Maurizio Sarri May Not Be Pep Guardiola, But He Could Be Juventus' Answer

On Sunday the rumors finally became official: Maurizio Sarri is the new Juventus coach.

Christian Pulisic Holds Keys For USMNT Success At Gold Cup

After two recent friendly defeats, there are now more questions about Gregg Berhalter's USA side heading into the Gold Cup than there were a month ago. Injuries have robbed the manager of a couple of players in his squad, most notably Tyler Adams and John Brooks. Those two absences alone, though, don't account for worrying signs in the losses to Jamaica and Venezuela, games in which the U.S. failed to score a single goal.

5 Players To Watch At The 2019 Gold Cup Including Pizarro, Steffen, & More

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is nearly upon us as 16 nations are set to square off for the title in a revamped format. Although Mexico and the United States are once again the favorites — only Canada have added a title — the 15th edition of the tournament features a number of intriguing storylines and Concacaf play is always full of surprises. 

Mexico Remain Gold Cup Favorites Despite Long List Of Absences

With recent friendly stumbles for the U.S., it seems like Mexico should be far and away favorites for the upcoming Gold Cup. But the most decorated Gold Cup team has a couple of issues of their own, even though the depth that Mexico possesses is unmatched in the Concacaf region.