The US women's soccer team has defended itself after being slammed for wildly celebrating every goal in their 13-0 defeat of Thailand.
Thrashed the minnows in Riems, France, on Tuesday night leaving their opponents in tears and were then criticized by commentators and soccer fans for reacting to each goal as if they were their first.
Thailand was never a real threat to the U.S. national team, which plays again on Sunday against Chile. Even so, the three-time Women's World Cup champions had no desire to go easy on a lesser opponent in their opening game, leading 3-0 at the break and then breaking the match goal.
Striker Alex Morgan tied the tournament record with five goals and said after the team meant no disrespect but simply wanted to position themselves for a run at a second consecutive title.
'I think it's disrespectful if we do not show up and play our game for 90 minutes,' Morgan told ESPN, defending her team's performance on Tuesday. It's disrespectful to the Thai team. And I believe they are straightforward.
'And for the celebrations, these are goals we have dreamed of our entire lives,' she continued. 'I mean, I'm going to celebrate Mal Pugh's goal. Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle. This is their first World Cup and I'm so proud of them. And I could not have dreamed of scoring five goals in a World Cup. So it's incredible for all and I'm just happy ignoring those comments. '
U.S. Coach Jill Ellis said she would be wondering if she had a similar victory in a World Cup.
Ellis said: 'If this is 10-0 in a World Cup, are we getting the same questions?
'A World Cup is about competing. It is about peaking. It's about priming your players ready for the next game.
'This is a world championship. And it's a tournament where goal differential is important.
'I do not find it my job to harness my players and just them in because this is what they dream about. This is it for you. This is a world championship. '
The US women's soccer team has been slammed for celebrating every goal in their 13-0 defeat of Thailand. Pictured: Midfielder Lindsey Horan celebrates with United States' forward Megan Rapinoe
The World Cup favorites thrashed the minnows at Riems, France on Tuesday night and to each goal as if they were their first. Alex Morgan (seen left with teammate Rapinoe) said her team meant no disrespect: 'We knew that every goal could have been missed in this group stage game. Ainon Phancha (right) of Thailand cries after losing 13-0
Thai players were left in tears. Pictured: US player Mallory Pugh celebrates one of 13 goals
Morgan, left, comforts Thailand's Miranda Nild, right, who cried after thrashing in Riems on Tuesday night
Emotional: Thai players embrace each other at the end of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match against the USA
Former US player Abby Wambach so supported her old teammates: 'For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is their first World Cup goal, and they should be excited.
Imagine it is you out there. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to score or celebrate? '
Fox Sports presenter Aly Wagner added: 'It's a World Cup. You score, you celebrate. This is a dream for these players. '
Goals can be used to determine tiebreakers in group play, and team captain Megan Rapinoe said the U.S. Women are not taking any chances.
'Obviously, we have the utmost respect for everyone's play, but it's the World Cup,' Rapinoe said.
Other commentators and fans on Twitter have described the jubilant celebrations as unsporting and even 'disgusting.'
Canadian team player and TSN analyst Kaylyn Kyle says she received death threats after criticizing the U.S. women.
Many fans expressed outrage over the US women's national team's goal celebrations during the 13-0 rout. However, others were quick to defend the American women, saying they would do the same thing in that situation
Many Twitter users stood up for the women's team and said they did not get the credit they deserve
Commentators and fans on Twitter have described the jubilant celebrations as unsporting and even 'disgusting'. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (right) uses the opportunity to argue for equal pay
TSN analyst Kaylyn Kyle (pictured) says she received death threats after criticizing the U.S. women
'They're the No. 1 team in the world and for me, I'm disgusted, honestly.
'As a Canadian we just never ever think of doing something like that … For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful,' said Kyle on Tuesday's TSN broadcast, according to the Globe and Mail.
Kyel responded to the death threats on Twitter.
'To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record STRAIGHT! I never once said that you can score in a World Cup !!! ' she wrote. 'PLEASE WATCH FULL SEGMENT! I said the exact opposite ITS THE WORLD CUP !!! You score as many as you can and do not take the foot off the gas pedal!
'I did say 8-0. I thought it was excessive and disrespectful. Everyone is allowed there (sic) 100% but please leave the death threats! I'm a big girl and I love a good debate but there's no need for this in this already crazy world! Love you all. '
TSN analyst Kaylyn Kyle says she received death threats after criticizing the U.S. women
USA coach Jill Ellis is seen above during the Women's World Cup 2019 match between USA and Thailand. She defended her players for celebrating each goal and said she would not be pure them in '
Another former Canadian player Clare Rustad blasted the US team. 'I just think they've got some humility and grace, and they just could not manage that,' Rustad said while commentating.
'Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary. What is this? '
Several fans on Twitter so made their feelings known.
'I understand running the score for goal difference, but no need to celebrate every single goal like classless jerks,' one wrote.
Another added: 'Ok settle down United States … you're up 11-0 against Thailand.'
Former American international Taylor Twellman criticized the team, believing the side's goal celebrations at Reims were excessive.
'Celebrating goals (like # 9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you. Curious to see if anyone apologizes for this postgame, 'Twellman tweeted to his 327,000 followers.
Hey, what's critical of the US women for their hand over games against more formidable opponents.
'Not sure why the #USWNT is' wasting' any of their set plays when the score is 3-0. Bury (Thailand) then move on but do not use anything that could be needed in future games, 'he wrote.
The women's team faced fierce criticism and were accused of bullying the Thai team
Some Twitter users blasted the celebrations saying that the players 'showed no sportsmanship'
Many fans came to the defense of the U.S. women's national soccer team, including senator Kirsten Gillibrand (right)
Thailand players react with despair following their 13-0 loss to the United States in their Women's World Cup
Alex Morgan (right) of United States celebrates with mates after scoring a goal to make it 12-0
Rose Lavelle celebrates with teammates after scoring one of her two goals on the day
Rob Stone, host of the Fox Sports World Cup coverage on American television, sided with Twellman.
'This got humiliating at some point. It just became exercise in target practice, he said.
'You know what I wanted to do? Pull it back, knock it around. '
Thailand's manager Nuengrutai Srathongvian said the U.S was not wrong to goal goal and that team would improve after the game.
'In football, everybody is following the rules, so our opponent is trying their best. The US team was very good. We do not have any excuse and we accept that they are better, 'the coach told reporters.
But many fans disagreed and said criticism of women was sexist.
Former US international Alexi Lalas, another member of the panel, however, defended the Americans.
'It's not their problem, they're playing against a poor team,' he said.
'The U.S. team is not here to be anybody's friend. The U.S. Team is here to win a World Cup.
'The U.S. team each and every time the whistle blows is going to score as many goals as possible. '
The Women's World Cup kicked off on Saturday with host France beating South Korea 4-0.
Beating Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007.
The US took a 3-0 lead into half-time, but things really got out of hand over the first 12 minutes of the second half as the Americans padded their lead with another four goals.
Then, as if that were not enough, the U.S. enjoyed a similar flurry at the end of the game, scoring six goals over the final 15 minutes of play.
Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle each added a pair of goals for the United States, which broke the record for goals and margin of victory in a World Cup game.
Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. The previous record margin was Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007.
Morgan tied Michelle Akers' record for World Cup goals, set in the quarterfinals against Chinese Taipei in 1991.
'We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,' Morgan said. 'Every goal matters in this tournament and that's what we were working on.'
It came close to the team's biggest rout ever. The US beat the Dominican Republic 14-0 at a 2012 Olympic qualifier in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Nattakarn Chinwong of Thailand is devastated after the humiliating defeat by the US
Players of USA celebrate their team's first goal against Thailand in the World Cup
Megan Rapinoe celebrates with fans after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 preliminary round match between USA and Thailand in Reims
Up next for the US is World Cup newcomer Chile on Sunday in Paris. In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who have been grouped with six times in World Cup play.
All 13 goals in the US team's thrashing of Thailand
- 12 'US 1, Thailand 0: Alex Morgan; assisted by Kelley O'Hara
- 20 'US 2, Thailand 0: Rose Lavelle; assisted by Alex Morgan
- 32 'US 3, Thailand 0: Lindsey Horan; assisted by Samantha Mewis
- 50 'US 4, Thailand 0: Samantha Mewis; assisted by Megan Rapinoe
- 53 'US 5, Thailand 0: Alex Morgan
- 54 'US 6, Thailand 0: Samantha Mewis
- 56 'US 7, Thailand 0: Rose Lavelle; assisted by Samantha Mewis
- 74 'US 8, Thailand 0: Alex Morgan; assisted by Christian Press
- 79 'US 9, Thailand 0: Megan Rapinoe; assisted by Mallory Pugh
- 81 'US 10, Thailand 0: Alex Morgan; assisted by Megan Rapinoe
- 84 'US 11, Thailand 0: Mallory Pugh; assisted by Alex Morgan
- 87 'US 12, Thailand 0: Alex Morgan
- 90 'US 13, Thailand 0: Carli Lloyd; assisted by Alex Morgan
In the final meeting between the teams, Sweden voted the United States in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.
Afterward, former US goalkeeper Get Solo called Sweden 'cowards' for bunkering on defense.
Alyssa Naeher has since been replaced Solo, who was dismissed from the team.
Sweden defeated Chile 2-0 earlier on Tuesday in Rennes, a match that featured a 40-minute weather delay.
The World Cup comes at a time when female players across the globe are seeking better treatment, conditions and pay.
The United States National Team has long championed equal rights, and players have filed a lawsuit earlier this year.
The players say they are on hold while they're in France. But a pair of prominently well-wishers on Twitter referenced the team's pursuit of equality.
'The @USWNT is something to smile about. It's great to celebrate with them back in 2015 and I'm excited to root them on their drive to earn their fourth star. 'Former President Barack Obama wrote:' Best of luck to these champions for equality, on and off the field ';
Tennis legend Billie Jean King weighed in: 'The Pursuit of a World Cup 4th World Cup Trophy for the #USWNT. You have the support of a nation behind you. Get that win, and then get the equal pay you deserve! '
New York senator and democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand voiced her support for equal pay: 'Here's an idea: If you win 13-0-the most goals for a single game in World Cup history-you should at least equal to the men's team. '
United States' Mallory Pugh, left, takes the ball past Thailand's goalkeeper Waraporn Boons to score her team's 11th goal
Alex Morgan of the US celebrates scoring the goal of the game
Women's soccer star refuses to join national anthem in solidarity with LGBT community and 'F You to Trump'
American soccer star Megan Rapinoe stumbles to make it to the national anthem ahead of the team's first match in the Women's World cup against Thailand in France on Tuesday.
The player stands silent and stony-faced as her teammates sang along to the 'Star-Spangled Banner' at the Auguste-Delaune Stadium in Reims.
The 33-year-old midfielder scored the victory in the World Cup history with a thumping 13-0 win over Thailand and kicked off their quest for a fourth title.
But Rapinoe was criticized by some of the social media users for making the national anthem, while others praised forth.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe (far right) What is the only player in the US women's soccer team?
The 33-year-old midfielder stood silent and stony-faced as the 'Star-Spangled Banner' blared out across the Auguste-Delaune Stadium in Reims
'Megan Rapinoe needs to be booted for her lack of patriotism. Why play for a country you hate, 'one person tweeted.
Another wrote: 'Megan Rapinoe is not singing the anthem and I love her so much it hurts.'
PLAY in this game, 'one person commented.
The player was criticized by some users on social media for not making the national anthem
Other Twitter users praised the outspoken activist for sticking to her vow not to sing the anthem
One person tweets a picture of Rapinoe's still face next to one of them teammates singing and holding their hands over their hearts, saying they should have done the same
Another angry Twitter user said: 'Megan Rapinoe does not own wearing red, white, and blue. Do not play for the USA if you can not respect it, do not represent the USA if you hate it. '
Someone else posted: 'Good for her! That is her right! Just like it is my right not to watch or to spoiled rotten unpatriotic and unappreciative people like our who play on our National Team and are supported by my taxes! '
Rapinoe told Yahoo sports last month that she would probably never sing or honor the national anthem again.
'I'll probably never put my hand over my heart. I'll probably never go back to the national anthem again, they said in an interview published on May 13.
'It's kind of a good' you're looking for any kind of inquality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have to people who do not look like him, the LGBT activist said in an interview published on May 13.
Rapinoe has therefore preemptively declined the customary invite to the White House from President Donald Trump if the US Women's Soccer team wins the World Cup.
'I am not going to fake it', 'hobnob with the president'; [for] I actually am, the soccer star told Sports Illustrated in May.
'I have no interest in extending our platform to him.'
Rapinoe has recently visited then-President Barack Obama at the White House with the U.S. Team after the 2015 World Cup win.
Rapinoe was not always an outspoken US cultural critic.
In 2011, she proudly sang 'Born in the USA' into a microphone after scoring a deciding point in a 3-0 win. Colombia during a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
2015 World Cup-winning team, has become famous for her activism on and off the field as she prepares for her electrifying play.
The Redding, California Native American poster has recently become the first openly-gay woman to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
National Anthem performance in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who uses the gesture as a silent protest against racism and police brutality after a string of high profiles fatal shootings of black Americans by law enforcement officers.
Rapinoe (far right) stuck to her resolve not to sing the national anthem. She told Yahoo Sports last month that she would 'probably never sing or honor the national anthem again'
The soccer star and LGBT activist said that they are not honoring the anthem is a good 'F you' to any sort of inquality or bad sentiments that the [Trump] administration might have towards people who do not look exactly like him '
When the 'Star-Spangled Banner' ends and players clap, Rapinoe raises her fist in the air
'Rapinoe told reporters at the time.
In response to Rapinoe's protest, the United States Soccer Federation created a "respectful" stance during the playing of the Anthem.
Rapinoe So one of the women's national team players to file a lawsuit in federal court in March allging gender discrimination.
The players have said they will win a $ 55,000 bonus apiece for making the World Cup roster in 2014, while they win a $ 15,000 bonus each for the 2015 World Cup roster.
The US women's soccer team has been more successful than the men, winning the World Cup in 1991, 1999, and 2015.
Rapinoe said the lawsuit what about 'inspiring women around the world to stand up for what they believe in. They have ally in us. We are with them, we support them, and we will continue this fight as long as we need to. '
World Cup history with a thumping 13-0 win over Thailand. Rapinoe is pictured controlling the ball during the game
Rapinoe celebrates after winning the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group. F match between the USA and Thailand
The player told Yahoo sports in May they are responsible for their use of their platform to speak out on social issues, regardless of the consequences or backlash they may receive from Trump or his supporters.
'I feel like I'm a walking protest,' Rapinoe said after calling the president a 'sexist,' 'misogynistic,' 'small-minded,' 'racist,' adding that he's not a good person '.
Patriotic posture, Rapinoe answered: 'It would take a lot'.
It would take the huge inequality gap. It would take a lot of progress in LGBTQ rights. We have just been looking for a disparity in this country in so many different ways, inequality in so many different ways … There are many things that are more important than soccer, 'she said.