REIMS, France – The gap between women's football elite and development programs has been partially reduced in recent years, but in many embarrassing cases, the split remains as great at a World Cup as it is at the oceans.
The gap was full and frightening on Tuesday, when the US national team went in search of a second trophy in a row with a 1
And it could have been worse.  Alex Morgan combined the program record with five goals, and Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis scored two goals each as the best Americans beat Germany's 11-0 defeat by Argentina in 2007.
Michelle Akers is the only other American who set this record five goals in a World Cup match (1991).
This game was never competitive, and the United States sought their fourth championship, and the Thais played their fourth World Cup match of all time.
Once the Americans found their gr oove – it was not long – they were relentless and ruthless before 18,591 witnesses in the Stade Auguste-Delaune.
A 3-0 lead at halftime led to a seven-goal lead in the second half. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored goals for the USA, who have won seven games in a row, the last five, without conceding a goal.
Morgan's third goal, a 17-yard shot after skilful footwork In the quarter-finals of 1991 at a world championship of 7-0 against Taiwan, the US team's previous rating was exceeded in the United States on Sunday in Paris. A US victory secured the entry into the second round.
The late Tuesday game (9pm local time) provided ample time for thousands of US fans of all ages to explore Reims charming city center. Dressed in jerseys and patriotic robes, they gathered at Place Drouet-d & # 39; Erlon, a pedestrian street lined with brasseries and cafes.
A short walk took visitors to the Cathedral of Reims, where a spectacular light show took place on many summer nights, projecting onto a 13th-century building.
As the season drew nearer, ticket holders streamed over small bridges that crossed the Canal de l'Aisne a la Marne and descended to the stadium where a top-tier French men's club was located.
With the vast majority of viewers, the Americans went into the field with all the expected starters, with one exception: center-back Becky Sauerbrunn was sent off due to a slight quadriceps injury as a precautionary measure.
She is in the race for Sunday at the Parc des Princes.
In Sauerbrunn's absence, defensive midfielder Julie Ertz fell back into the former position and met Abby Dahlemper. Ertz & # 39; s starting position was taken by Mewis, who wanted to start in this tournament at certain times.
Dahlkemper and Mewis were among the six US starters to celebrate their World Cup debuts, despite the fact that they were not afraid of Jitters due to their extensive service.
With a pronounced height advantage, the USA showed at the kick-off that they would throw the players forward. Seven players looked more like an NFL team than a football unit.
Thailand defended admirably for a dozen minutes – a Morgan goal was also dismissed for offside – before submitting to pressure.
Rapinoe's cross from the finish line was relayed to Kelley O'Hara, who made the top of the box. The right-back shot past a player before flicking Morgan in a pocket between two defenders.
Morgan threw a header in the left corner without pressure.
Eight minutes before the next goal elapsed began in the US and ended with a shot from a distance.
O & # 39; Hara threw Morgan a long ball that closed with his back to the goal and Lavelle threw a pass to the left foot. Yard Smash, who escaped the diving keeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying.
Horan came in the 32nd minute for use. After being fouled at the edge of the penalty area, Tobin Heath set a free-kick on the edge of the six-yard space. Mewis could not control it, but the billiard fell to Horan to score a small hit.
Thailand had two major assets in attack, none of which threatened Alyssa Naeher. At the other end, blocked shots and ignoring requests for a penalty gave a respectable result.
The Americans needed less than five minutes to extend the lead in the second half. Rapinoe set up Mewis for a nasty 17-yard blast that hit a defender.
The barrage had begun. Within three minutes, Morgan fired a side volley from the door, Mewis fired Lavelle's deflected shot and Lavelle fired a penalty.
Heath and Lavelle gave way to Lloyd and Christen Press. If she could, Ellis would have replaced her entire team. With only three changes and the entry of two world-class attackers, however, the pressure did not abate.
Morgan finished the hat-trick, Rapinoe hit Pugh in the crossover, Morgan tore two more and Lloyd added one.