The former Rutgers star and Delran native scored in the second minute of extra time Tuesday to cap the U.S. Women's National Team's stunning 13-0 domination of Thailand to open Group F play at the Women's World Cup at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France.
An offside decision cost Morgan a fifth-minute opener but the prolific forward would not be denied, nodding in Kelley O'Hara's dinked cross with aplomb to open the scoring.
The United States defeated Thailand 9-0 in September 2016 in the teams' last meeting. Switzerland beat Ecuador 10-1 in 2015 and there was Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007.
Carli Lloyd will be making her fourth appearance in the Women's World Cup; she's only the ninth player in USWNT history to accomplish that.More news: Kyle Rudolph To Sign 4-Year, $36M Contract Extension With Vikings
They have featured in all eight World Cups, while Thailand have qualified for the finals for only the second time, having been eliminated in the group stage in 2015. Alex Morgan scored a record-tying five goals and 21-year-old Mallory Pugh scored off of the bench in her Women's World Cup debut.
There were just six minutes between Sam Mewis scoring the fourth for the USWNT and Rose Lavelle hitting the seventh.
There was no other way to describe the USA defeating Thailand on Tuesday night to kick off their Women's World Cup title defense.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sweden eventually beat a resilient Chile side 2-0 in the other match in Group F, which the United States of America fully expect to top.More news: Messi Unseats Mayweather on Forbes List, Canelo in #4 Position
The USWNT is the favorite to repeat as Women's World Cup champions, but that doesn't mean they're taking this tournament for granted as the defending champions.
Ninth minute, 0-0: The U.S. has controlled possession and applied pressure throughout the opening phase of the game and registered three shots on goal in the first five minutes.
Carli Lloyd earned her 275th cap for the USA in their win over Thailand, moving her to fourth on the all-time list. Chile is also arguably an inferior team to Thailand, so look out.More news: Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case