Was the USWNT’s 13-0 win too much?

The USWNT took on Thailand during the group stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Amid the 2019 World Cup, the US women’s soccer team just pulled off a 13-0 rout over Thailand, the largest margin of victory in a World Cup ever. Thailand was the 34th ranked women’s pro team, while the US was 1st, prior to the game.

In case you don’t watch soccer often, 13-0 is an absolutely unheard of score in any game. But was the USWNT (United States Women’s National Team) running up the score inappropriate?

Alex Morgan (right) had 5 goals while Megan Rapinoe (left) added one

I’ve been on the losing side of many clobberings, and after a certain point it truly feels dehumanizing. However, this is professional sports. There’s no “mercy rule” or legal incentive to stop scoring when the match has clearly already been decided.

In today’s scenario, I would have let the team go on as they did. The US coach, Jill Ellis, made offensive substitutions and experimented with different formations that will hopefully benefit them in future matches. These extra goals confirmed that the tweaks made have a positive potential.

I would have stopped earlier though. There’s really no true difference between 10 and 13 to 0, or even 7-0. It all gets the point across-that you smashed the other team to absolute smithereens.

I’m eager to hear what y’all would have done if you were the coach of the US women’s soccer team earlier today. Would you let them keep scoring, or not put in any more goals? Drop a comment.

4 thoughts on “Was the USWNT’s 13-0 win too much?

  1. It’s the World Cup. If you are there, you deserve the right to try your hardest and destroy the other team that is also at the World Cup.

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  2. If I were the coach, I would have my team not score anymore and just possess the ball. I would think a reasonable amount of goals scored in a game situation like this one would be at least under ten goals. A 13-0 final score seems a little too much in my mind. Considering more than half of the game was in USA’s possession (without any goals from Thailand), it was somewhat predictable that USA was going to win that game.

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  3. I don’t even know if I should be leaving a comment because you published this weeks ago but whatever I’m just gonna say what I think even if nobody reads it. Yes this was a professional game and mercy isn’t to much of a thing in any professional sport, but it was just to much. They didn’t have to score all 13 goals. They could’ve worked on other things to see what worked or what didn’t work which don’t all require scoring a goal.

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    1. I completely agree (and yes, thanks for the comment anyway even though it was late) :). The team could have stopped earlier and held themselves back from scoring more.


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