United States women criticized after historic World Cup opener

Ross Houston
June 13, 2019

And the top-ranked Americans did not hold back on the celebrations as they began defence of their World Cup crown. The team shattered records.

Celebrating goals is cool and good. Canadian sports commentators Clare Rustad, Kaylyn Kyle and Diana Matheson said on air that the celebrations were simply "unnecessary". "For me it´s disrespectful, it´s disgraceful". "It's disrespectful to the Thai team, and I believe they wanted us to play them straight up", she said.

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

"A classless victor is worse than a sore loser, regardless of gender", said one tweet.

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour was unapologetic.

"Take the pearl clutching and righteous indignation somewhere else". Alongside Abby Wambach, she appeared on American Idol to announce that the season 14 victor would record the official song for Fox's coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Matheson added it should have embarrassed US coach Jill Ellis.

"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point".

"It's not their problem they're playing against a poor team", he said.

Morgan was then asked whether she felt like her team is damned if it scores and damned if it doesn't. "I think it was important for us to celebrate with each other".

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

"I feel more than damned if we do, damned if we don't within this team", she said.

However, if they win the group, they could end up facing hosts France in the quarter-finals. What is the right way to celebrate a 13-0 win? #USWNT #FIFAWWC,"Taylor Twellman, an ESPN soccer analyst and former player for the New England Revolution and the USA men's national team, added".

The players went off for around 40 minutes in the second half with the game goalless before Sweden secured victory thanks to late goals by Kosovare Asllani and substitute Madelen Janogy.

Sweden face the hapless Thais next in Group F, while Chile are the next to face the United States firepower on Sunday.

European champions the Netherlands beat New Zealand 1-0 in Le Havre in Group E on Tuesday thanks to a Jill Roord goal in stoppage time.

All the Group B marbles will be on the line as Germany seek to underline their status as favorites to finish first against Spain.

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