Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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USA women criticized after historic World Cup opener

USA women criticized after historic World Cup opener

Fox Sports soccer analyst and former USA men's national team player Alexi Lalas weighs in on the equal pay debate after the women's team cruises to a 13-0 victory over Thailand in the World Cup.

The 13-0 win over Thailand was the largest win at a World Cup in Federation Internationale de Football Association history - between both genders.

Morgan grabbed five goals while Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in the Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000. "To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said.

Goal differential can serve as a tiebreaker in the group stage of the tournament, so the importance of the goals could not be questioned.

"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that ... Hats off to Thailand for holding their heads high".

Rapinoe, who is in a relationship with WNBA star Sue Bird, also said she won't accept the customary invite to the White House should her team win the World Cup.

"To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record STRAIGHT!" Make no mistake, the U.S. 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. "I am speechless. The ball just bounced my way today, and I am looking forward to the next game", said Morgan after the game. To take the most egregious example, in 40 years of watching men's soccer, I can't recall any celebration of a late goal in a rout that compares with Megan Rapinoe's over-the-top celebration of goal number nine, which you can watch here.

However the team is under scrutiny for continuing to run up the score and excessive celebration with many critics calling their actions "disrespectful". "Everyone is allowed their opinions towards my thoughts 100 percent but please leave the death threats!"

Ex-USA worldwide Abby Wambach has defended her former team-mates, insisting they "should be excited" to score at a World Cup, but Kyle's fellow TSN pundits Clare Rustad and Diana Matheson felt Jill Ellis' side crossed a line.

"This was disgraceful from the United States", said Rustad. "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup".

Rapinoe defended her side's goal celebrations, insisting that the lopsided result will help the women's game evolve.


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Hence, mismatches like the U.S. -Thailand farce.

Former U.S. global Taylor Twellman, now a TV analyst, hit out at the players for their celebrations against beleaguered opponents.

As little as the US women report earning, they're paid far more than women across the world, according to World Cup players who shared their earnings with the New York Times. Imagine it being you out there. Other noted that goal difference is all-important at a World Cup, adding that scoring on the world showcase is indeed something to celebrate. "I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties", the athlete claimed at the time.

"This is high-level competition, and the Americans have no reason to apologize for treating it as such".

But the Americans' wild goal celebrations in such a one-sided game were not to everyone's taste. I love it. But the soccer gods can be cruel and vindictive.

But Solo said the U.S. could have toned it down a little.

The US team has also been harshly criticized for bad sportsmanship after blatantly celebrating for scoring 13 goals.

"The U.S. team is not here to be anybody's friend".

Thailand made its World Cup debut four years ago in Canada, exiting after 4-0 preliminary-round losses to Norway and Germany and a 3-2 victory over the Ivory Coast.

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