Canadian broadcaster says she received death threats over U.S. women's soccer criticism

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

While the Americans have faced plenty of criticism for continuing to celebrate their goals in a 13-0 win on Tuesday, one critic said she has received death threats for her comments on the matter.

She said they needed to regroup and somehow find a way to bounce back in the two remaining games, including the Group F finale against Chile on June 20.

While some criticised the team for turning in what looks like a lopsided National Football League score (despite goal differential being part of the tiebreaker for an easier draw in the knockout stage), Kyle focused on the celebrations.

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

"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that", she said. "For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful", Kyle, who retired in 2017 after winning 101 caps, said on air.

According to the Times, Thailand women's team players reported making anywhere between $5,000 to $6,300 dollars on the high end, while the USA women reported earnings between $167,000 to $350,000.

Her critique triggered online death threats, which Kyle addressed in a social media post on Tuesday night.

Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as the holders began their World Cup campaign with the largest margin of victory in either the men's or women's World Cup. "I am speechless. The ball just bounced my way today, and I am looking forward to the next game", said Morgan after the game. Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?'

"I did say i thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0. Everyone is allowed their opinions towards my thoughts 100 percent but please leave the death threats!"

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Kyle said the tweet would be her last comment on the issue.

"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.

"This was disgraceful from the United States", TSN analyst and former Canadian national midfielder Clare Rustad said.

Rapinoe scored the ninth goal for the title-holders, one of 10 in the second half as the U.S. surpassed the tournament record of 11-0, set by Germany against Argentina in 2007. That's how lopsided matches such as the US against Thailand occur. Diana Matheson said US coach Jill Ellis should be embarrassed.

"This got humiliating at some point". Or was the team simply overflowing with rightfully earned joy, as USWNT celebration leader Megan Rapinoe said after the match? The game taught us that we still have to work a lot harder in every way. Not many countries take women's soccer seriously and, with the possible exception of the US, those that do don't take it almost as seriously as they take men's soccer.

Former U.S. global Abby Wambach, whose world goal-scoring record is being chased by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, also defended the scoreline.

'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", she added.

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