Team USA Criticized for 'Disrespectful' Goal Celebrations During World Cup Rout

Ross Houston
June 12, 2019

United States captain Megan Rapinoe said hammering Thailand 13-0 in the Women's World Cup was all "part of growing the game" after a win so lop-sided there were suggestions they should have eased up to save the Thais from embarrassment.

Kyle, an analyst in TSN for the tournament, was one of those not impressed by the unbridled American jubilation after goals.

"Celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you". Make no mistake, the U.S. 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. It's the World Cup folks. "To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", said Ellis.

"They're the No.1 team in the world and for me, I'm disgusted, honestly", she said. "Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high".

"I didn't really think about that while we were playing but right when we walked off".


"I did say I thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0".

"We have to look at the group stage as every goal counts and it was important for us to continue to go", said Morgan.

The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday.

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", 2015 World Cup victor Wambach wrote via Twitter. The U.S. team is here to win a World Cup.

"This is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point". "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it´s the World Cup". I just think there's sportsmanship involved when you're way up.


The Norwegians are without world player of the year Ada Hegerberg who refuses to play for her country because she says her national federation does not take the women´s team seriously. "We accept our mistakes and we are going to improve".

The Thailand rout set a number of Women's World Cup records.

Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each while Lindsey Horan, skipper Megan Rapinoe and substitutes Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also found the net for the U.S. in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by a crowd of more than 18,000 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.

The USWNT was truly off to the races in the second half where the team scored nine goals, including four in a six minute span. Mewis opened the dam with a strike on the half-volley and was followed by goals from Morgan, Mewis again, and Lavelle.


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