Alex Morgan of the US celebrates with teammate Megan Rapinoe after scoring her team's twelfth goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between U.S. and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France.
It was the largest margin of victory in tournament history. And the top-ranked Americans did not hold back on the celebrations as they began defence of their World Cup crown.
USWNT star Megan Rapinoe defended the team's celebrations, saying it's not fair to criticize the players, given they worked for years to reach the World Cup.
The goal celebrations irritated some observers.
Kyle, an analyst in TSN for the tournament, was one of those not impressed by the unbridled American jubilation after goals. I'll be watching the US Women take on Chile this Sunday at 9 am then marching with the Siren Theater in the Pride Parade! "For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful". "Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high".
"I had a personal goal for three", she said smiling.
Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates scoring their twelfth goal with Megan Rapinoe. "This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote. You are probably looking for more smart and sassy ways to support women's soccer!
Captain Megan Rapinoe said her team had been overjoyed at setting the record score but insisted they did respect all their opponents. "Everyone is allowed their opinions towards my thoughts 100% but please leave the death threats!"
Kyle said the tweet would be her last comment on the issue.
Fellow TSN analyst Clare Rustad, a former global with 45 Canada caps, and veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson, who is missing the tournament through injury, also criticized the American behaviour while noting the importance of goal differential. With that in mind, I want to dissect some of the social media reaction to the World Cup; the good, the bad and the downright dickish. "In this group stage game and when it comes to celebrations, this was a really good team performance tonight and I think it was important for us to celebrate with each other".
The USA's Alex Morgan, who scored five goals in the 13-0 thrashing of Thailand on Tuesday night, said "having a pre-camp at Tottenham's training facility really helped us".
It resulted in the team's first-ever World Cup point. "But I think just be mindful of the other team". The lawsuit cited several instances in which pay for US men's team, which has underperformed in recent years, far exceeded compensation for their counterparts on the women's team, who are the reigning World Cup champions. "And to play one of the best teams in the world, like the US, this is also our success", Srathongvian said.
"This is not just about the World Cup, and I want to make sure people understand that". Imagine it being you out there. Or do you grow the game and then open up the World Cup?
However, as much as she is celebrated for her heroics with her national team, her career has been lined with controversy.
USA Today columnist Nancy Armour was unapologetic. "Maybe you'll get a participation trophy and an orange slice while you're at it".
"This is high-level competition, and the Americans have no reason to apologize for treating it as such".
The predetermined nature of the celebrations was what bothered Solo the most.
"After beating Thailand 13-0 & celebrating each goal USWNT may have lost fans, domestically & internationally...and sealed themselves as villains of the â†•FIFAWWC. If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit.
The Thailand rout set a number of Women's World Cup records.
Morgan also had three assists Tuesday. I've played at global level in my sport and I know what an out and out hammering feels like.
The players filed a lawsuit earlier this year that alleges discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation.