"They were disappointed of course, they meant to make an impression in this first match and they were disappointed", coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said. "We've got two more games to play and we need to bounce back". "Yes, they are all athletes and they will be resilient".
While the team came under criticism from some, it had more than its share of defenders. Imagine it being you out there.This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. As in 9-0 in favor of the United States. The U.S. beat the Dominican Republic 14-0 in a 2012 Olympic qualifier in Vancouver, British Columbia. (They scored six times in the time it took to write this story, by the way).
Other pool play matches for the U.S.: Sunday vs. Chile (12 p.m.), June 20 vs. Sweden (3 p.m.). Afterward, former US goalkeeper Hole Solo called Sweden "cowards" for bunkering on defence.
The nature of the USA's emphatic start appeared to be pleasing for Ellis, who had been criticised by former goalkeeper Hope Solo in the build-up to their Group F opener.
Sweden 2, Chile 0 - Kosovare Asllani's goal after a weather delay broke a scoreless stalemate helped to spoil Chile's debut in the tournament in Rennes.