America beat Thailand in a compelling game in their World Cup 2019 debut, and Alex Morgan has discussed how important this huge win is for the female game.
The Women’s World Cup just blew everybody way, with one of the most spectacular games in the tournament’s history.
If you didn’t manage to catch the match at your local pub, or are yet to catch up on your favourite women’s football podcasts, here’s a little recap on why everyone is talking about American football team player and Olympian Alex Morgan.
Morgan made history for two reasons during the America vs Thailand match on Tuesday (11 June), which was the first game of the competition for both teams.
Firstly, she scored five goals in the match, which is tied for the most in Women’s World Cup history with fellow American Michelle Akers who did it in 1999. And secondly, her U.S. team delivered the biggest defeat in the tournament’s history (both male and female games) with a 13 – 0 final score. Oh, and it was also Morgan’s first World Cup hat trick.
Although it was pretty obvious who would end the night victorious, players such as Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis continued to smash the back of Thailand’s net with the ball.
Morgan has since discussed why each and every one of those 13 goals were so important to her team and to women’s football on a whole.
“For us, with the scoreline tonight, we have to look at the group stage as every goal counts and it was important for us to continue to go,” she said in a post-match press conference.
“I think for these 24 teams it’s a great opportunity for women to showcase what they’ve worked for their entire life towards. not every federation gives the same financial effort to their women’s side and that’s unfortunate, but I hope that this World Cup, it being the largest audience of a World Cup thus far, especially in countries in England and in the host country here.
“It’s great to see quality games and quality teams and my hope is eventually we have it at 32 teams moving forward, but also that encourages FIFA and respected federations to put a little more effort into their women’s side.”
It looks like this tournament is only just getting warmed up – bring on the next game!