U.S. rout of Thailand highlights inequity in World Cup field

Lindsey Horan- This was an America First display but USA will not be able to bully everyone at World Cup

Tuesday's result in Reims marked 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. It was an unprecedented and record breaking 13-0 victory.

Alex Morgan of the United States with Megan Rapinoe after the Women's World Cup Group F match against Thailand at Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims June 11, 2019.

But the Americans' wild goal celebrations in such a one-sided game were not to everyone's taste.

Kyle was one of three Canadians appearing as pundits on TSN to have blasted the defending world champions.

"I don't think it's counterproductive", Solo said. "Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high".

Kaylyn Kyle said it was disrespectful.

SHUSH. I am trying to watch my favorite thing in the whole wide world. One of the most notable "culprits" was USWNT striker Megan Rapinoe, whose goal in the 79th minute was followed by a sliding celebrating where she kicked her legs in the air. I said the exact opposite. You are probably looking for more smart and sassy ways to support women's soccer!

Co-Captain Alex Morgan told ESPN that "you can never have everyone love you", when asked about some of the critical comments leveled at her team for the on-field celebrations and the 13-0 drubbing.

Fellow TSN analyst Clare Rustad, a former worldwide 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. "I thought it was a bad look for a national team to behave in a way that just - I tried to teach my children, my girls, how to play sports with two words: with class and with sportsmanship". I don't really understand the concept that they shouldn't have celebrated, because it would have been an even bigger disrespect to not celebrate.

Seven different players scored for the Americans, tying Germany for the most in a World Cup match.

The ruthlessness of the US team is what every other side in France should aspire to have too. "And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents, and as Alex said, it's a tournament where goal differential is important", Ellis said.

"We knew every goal could matter", Morgan said of a possible tiebreaker scenario with Sweden. It's certainly not the fault of the USA women, who should never have to apologize for being the best, but it's also relevant when they thump a team by 13 goals. That could be the humble Canadian in us that's also saying that.

'For some players this is their first World Cup goal and they should be excited, ' she wrote on Twitter. Imagine it being you out there.

'This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a 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 also had no time for the critics. Look, I don't want to tell you how to live your life, but if you're still reading this blog you are likely not looking for tips on how to do a good smokey eye, or how to make ideal 10-minute pulled pork street tacos. "Maybe you'll get a participation trophy and an orange slice while you're at it".

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