Americans face backlash over biggest women´s World Cup win

Tanya Simon
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. And it's a tournament where goal differential is a criteria.

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.

Naturally, the players celebrated all 13 goals.

On the Canadian sports channel TSN, a panel comprised of ex-Canadian national team members slammed the USA squad for running up the score and excessively celebrating the last few tallies. "This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote.

"I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn't manage to do that", Rustad said on TSN's broadcast of the match.

"I think we have to come out and play as hard as we possibly can in every single game".

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

Former Canadian global player Kaylyn Kyle, working as an analyst for Canada´s TSN at the tournament, said on air: "As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that".

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Perhaps the harshest criticism of the USA came from Canadian analysts on TSN's World Cup show.

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

But the 33-year-old Rapinoe said the champions were happy to snatch the goals record from Germany as they go in search of their fourth world title.

Former U.S. global Abby Wambach, whose world goal-scoring record is being chased by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, also defended the scoreline. You want those players to have those feelings because then they go into games.

The last time the Americans played on the world's biggest stage, Lloyd had a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes and the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in Canada for the trophy. "We accept our mistakes and we are going to improve".

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.

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 US in an embarrassingly one-sided Group F encounter watched by a crowd of more than 18,000 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune. The previous record margin was Germany's 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.

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