Alex Morgan sets a scoring record and shakes World Cup

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

Make no mistake, the United States of America 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.

Kyle criticized the the team on the air on Tuesday after the USA women ran up the score to 13-0, and continued to celebrate each goal throughout the match. They suggested the U.S.be more like Germany.

Fellow former Canadian player Kaylyn Kyle capped off the criticism, specifically tackling the Americans who celebrated goals scored late in the game, saying: "I think, as a Canadian, we would just never ever think about doing something like that". And I couldn't have dreamt of scoring five goals in a World Cup.

Diana Matheson, who is missing the World Cup through injury, took a shot at the USWNT and in particular the team's head coach on Canadian television network TSN following the game.

The lopsided result prompted debate over both running up the score - goal difference can be crucial in the group stage of a tournament - and the American celebrations as the score mounted. "It's disrespectful to the Thai team, and I believe they wanted us to play them straight up", she said.

"This got humiliating at some point".

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", the scorer of a record 184 worldwide goals tweeted to her 679,000 followers.

BBC ends universal free licences for over 75s
If you're watching Brian Cox's The Planets on BBC Two just now you'll know how much that ideal still means to us. We don't receive pension credit.

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour also had no time for the critics.

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

Captain Megan Rapinoe said her team had been overjoyed at setting the record score but insisted they did respect all their opponents. "I think it was important for us to celebrate with each other".

She also questioned whether there was an element of sexism in the criticism.

The Americans play No. 39 Chile in Paris on Sunday.

Not that Thailand are necessarily minnows, as they sit 34th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, higher than six other sides competing at this World Cup.

The U.S. outshot Thailand 30-2 (21-2 in shots on target) and had 75 percent possession.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER