REIMS, France – With respect to Thailand, the result of Tuesday’s 2019 World Cup was a certainty since the moment the two teams were drawn into Group E at the draw on Dec. 8.
The United States is the top-ranked team in the world and at least a co-favorite to defend its World Cup title from four years ago. Thailand is arguably the worst of the 24 teams in the field, playing in its second World Cup after debuting in 2015.
Everyone had to say the right things before the match – and they still needed to play the darn thing, of course – but deep down, all 46 players on the benches on Saturday at the Stade Auguste-Delaune knew what the result was going to be. The U.S. confirmed that with a 13-0 victory on Tuesday, setting a new record for the most lopsided win in World Cup history
The only real surprise came pregame, when Becky Sauerbrunn’s name wasn’t in the starting XI.
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