Carli Lloyd put the finishing touches on the USA's 13-0 rout of Thailand, but she and Sukanya Chor Charoenying have a mutual respect for one another.
U.S. women's national team star Carli Lloyd had kind words of encouragement for Thailand goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying after the record-shattering 13-0 annihilation at the Women's World Cup in France, supporting the opposing stopper in a touching social media exchange.
Including the first USA goal that was ruled out for offside, Charoenying ended up picking the ball out of her net 14 times in the Group F mismatch and cut a disconsolate figure at fulltime.
The game will go down in history, with U.S. forward Alex Morgan tied the individual record for most goals in a single World Cup match after scoring five.
Lloyd, now more of a backup at the age of 36, came off the bench to score the 13th American goal on the night.
Sportingly, she approached Charoenying after the final whistle to acknowledge the Thai goalkeeper. And Charoenying, who is 31 and at her second World Cup, has since taken to Twitter to offer her gratitude for Lloyd's gesture and motivational words.
"Thanks so much, Lloyd," the Chonburi club player said.
"Your words that you told me make me strong. Keep going for this tournament and so on. Firstly, I felt disappointment in the worst situation but this is the biggest experience in my life."
Lloyd herself replied, "All you can do is give it your best each and every day. Keep fighting and never give up!! Still two more games to play."
Thailand now goes on to face 2016 Olympic silver medallist Sweden in their next Group F fixture in Nice on Sunday, while the United States will be looking to build even more momentum when it meets Chile in Paris later on the same day.