U.S. stun Thais with 13 goals

Thunder and lightning led to a 40-minute suspension of the game

Morgan's dominance started in the 12th minute of the match when she headed a ball off the foot of Kelley O'Hara. "I feel confident putting any one of the 23 players out there".

The U.S. got its 2019 World Cup started on Tuesday in France, and the defending champs dominated Thailand. They have won three World Cups since women joined the event in 1991, four Olympic golds in the last six Games and have topped the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's teams' ratings every year but one for the last 11 years. Carli Lloyd (pictured) scored three goals and assisted four more in that match.

Tuesday's match takes place in Reims, a city east of Paris that's known for its impressive cathedral and champagne.

The U.S. team brings a squad replete with talent and experience, but it also must shoulder sky-high expectations.

Not everybody was pleased with how the USWNT handled itself during an historic World Cup rout.

Asllani's goal, Sweden's 60th in World Cup play, came in the 83rd minute.

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Hong, 45, is also a former North Korean player who is in her third Women's World Cup as an assistant referee, while Kim, 39, is in her fourth consecutive Women's World Cup.

Abby Wambach talked about how Morgan was going to be the team leader in an interview with USA Today Sports in 2013.

"That's been a huge goal of this team - to continue to grow the sport", midfielder and 2015 World Cup victor Julie Ertz told reporters in Reims.

They will be stepping onto the field as defending World Cup champions after their 2015 win in Canada, but are joined by many of their worldwide competitors in a crusade for gender equity.On the fieldThe United States' first game comes on the fifth day of the tournament, after many other nations have already begun competition in the Group Phase of the tournament - where teams are split into six groups to play round-robin style.The U.S.is in Group F, which also includes Thailand, Chile and Sweden. The toughest of those is Sweden, the country that knocked out the US in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

"We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves", Morgan said after the game.

"Excitement could be the best word to describe where I am personally and where our players are", Ellis told a press conference one day before they face Thailand in Group F. "So it's already friendly fire", the USA forward said.

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