The United States women’s national team destroyed Thailand 9-0 on Thursday in an international friendly in Columbus, Ohio, as Heather O’Reilly said goodbye to international soccer. The 31-year-old, who debuted with the national team in 2002, retired from the international game after the match.
And in her final match, she and her teammates were unstoppable, especially early. This game was seriously over after four minutes. Remarkably, the USWNT scored three times before the match was even four minutes old, blowing Thailand away with clinical finishing.
Carli Lloyd scored three times, Alex Morgan scored twice, and Christen Press, Tobin Heath, Crystal Dunn and O’Reilly each scored once.
The game was a chance for the U.S. to rebound a little from a poor summer, which saw the team eliminated in the Summer Olympics quarterfinals at the hands of Sweden.
The hosts were high quality on the ball, carving up the Thai defense all night long, and were unlucky to not get into double-digit goals.
Here are the top three goals from the game.
Lloyd’s silky header 40 seconds in.
O’Reilly rides off into the sunset with a goal.
Lloyd’s cheeky assist leads to Heath’s even cheekier move and goal.
A quick walk in the park for the United States, as expected.
Next, the U.S. returns to action on Sunday against the Netherlands in another friendly.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / USWNT scores three in opening four minutes, crushes Thailand 9-0