The United States Women's National Soccer Team got their 2019 World Cup off to a tremendous start Tuesday - routing Thailand by an eye-popping 13-0 margin.
They thought the goal celebrations were over the top during the blowout victory and shared their criticism of the USA team during a broadcast following Tuesday's game. It was one of the biggest blowouts in the tournament's history and made USA tie with Sweden for one win each, although the US led with the most scores.
"I respect Thailand, I spoke to some of them afterwards and they should keep their heads up".
The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday. "It's going to be more hard to show that", she said.
But, naysayers called the team's celebrations "classless", "disrespectful" and "disgusting", arguing they should have been more muted considering their soccer federation operates at a much higher level.
These are goals her teammates have "dreamt of their lives", of course they're going to go nuts every time the ball hits the back of the net.
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U.S. Captain Alex Morgan, who scored five of Tuesday's goals and was involved in several others, responded to the criticism. This changes when the women's team are in the World Cup.
"I'm happy just ignoring those comments", Morgan concluded. The U.S. team is here to win a World Cup.
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Retired American global Taylor Twellman, now an ESPN analyst, tweeted he had zero problems with the scoreline given "this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you". "You know what I wanted to do?"
In the last decade, the Chaba Kaew have beatenSoutheast Asian rivals by scores of 14-0 (Malaysia), 14-1 (Laos), 13-0 (Indonesia), 12-0 (Laos again) and 11-0 (Cambodia), the latter result coming less than a year ago. "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit.
Horan smashed in the third in the 32nd minute, but the floodgates really opened in the second half as Ellis's side scored four times in six minutes shortly after the restart.
After the match, manager Jill Ellis defended her team's aggressive style of play throughout the blowout.