USA beats Thailand in World Cup match blowout


The U.S. are the most successful team in the sport.

Of course as with most everything involving social media, there were strongly worded takes on the other side, with many questioning if a men's team would receive the same criticism.

In a sign of growing recognition for the women's game - a result due in part to hard lobbying by the players - the prize-money has doubled this year to $4 million.

Eleven-year-old Addison Taylor plays soccer for SOCA and said she looks up to these women. Wambach, a former star of the national team, responded to comments about the players' actions on Twitter. One of her most recent accomplishments came when she scored her 100th goal in worldwide play during a friendly against Australia.

Wambach, 39, sits atop the USWNT's all-time scoring list with 184 career goals.

The Thai squad has two USA -born members who have played for American colleges: Goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao plays at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and forward Miranda Nild played at UC Berkeley - Morgan's alma mater.

The accomplishment also garnered plenty of attention on social media.

Morgan says that sort of experience gives the team an edge.

"There are a lot of comparisons being drawn to the way that Mia exited the game and I'm sure the way I'm going to exit and the way I'm sure Alex (Morgan) will step up to lead our national team".

"I feel good, I feel confident", starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher said. I can't wait. Obviously I have a few more years of playing ahead of me, but I'm really excited for the road ahead for Alex. "We didn't want it to end 0-0, so we wanted to come back out and decide the game and I think we deserved the three points".

And despite battling some injuries recently, expect to see Morgan front-and-center and riding the momentum from her recent accomplishments.

That game was notable for other reasons: It was veteran forward Heather O'Reilly's farewell match, Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the USA national anthem and Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick.