USWNT celebrations against Thailand

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

After five goals from Alex Morgan and 13 total goals from seven different players, the US team walked out with a 13-0 win.

The USWNT set a new World Cup record, routing Thailand, 13-0, in both team's opening match of the tournament on Tuesday evening in Reims, France.

Morgan had an effort disallowed for offside inside five minutes but quickly made up for that by nodding in a Kelley O'Hara cross, before Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying - standing at just 1.65m tall - allowed Lavelle's shot to beat her at the near post.

Former American worldwide Taylor Twellman, however, criticised the team on social media, believing the side's goal celebrations in Reims were excessive.

"Celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you". "But we also feel like we've got more to do".

"Not sure why the #USWNT is "wasting" any of their set plays when the score is 3-0".

"I did say I thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said.

Added Morgan. "Every goal matters in this tournament and that's what we were working on".

"Games are games and you have to go out and play, and compete, and a lot of this is about building momentum".

"I respect Thailand, I celebrate that they are here, I spoke to some of them afterwards and just said keep your heads up. This is part of the growth of the game".

Former U.S. worldwide Abby Wambach, whose world goal-scoring record is being chased by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, also defended the scoreline. Make no mistake, the United States of America are the favourites to win a fourth World Cup for a reason, they have the best squad, more depth, more options and in Alex Morgan, arguably the best player at the tournament.

She also questioned whether there was an element of sexism in the criticism. Here are five things you need to know about her!

The FIFA Women's World Cup on June 11 was exciting with the USA defeating Thailand with a 13-0 score that was due in a large part to Alex Morgan, 29, who scored an incredibly impressive five goals in the match.

With goal differential a tiebreaker in the group stage, the US was incentivized to score as many goals as it could, but the way the team reacted to several goals late in the match has come under fire.

Hosted in West Germany (including West Berlin), the 1974 FIFA World Cup was won by the home nation.

"This got humiliating at some point".

Commentators at the time said Germany were playing "local park-standard players", while Saudi was "absolutely clueless".

"The U.S. team is not here to be anybody's friend. This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote.

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