The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team is in some hot water after defeating Thailand 13-0 in the first match of group play in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
Defeating Thailand by such a huge margin, the USWNT has been awarded the title of the biggest blowout in the tournament’s history. Alex Morgan tied the tournaments record with five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis each added two goals each while Lindsey Horgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh also contributed with a goal of their own on this historic night.
What people took offense to was the manner and fashion that the U.S. Women celebrated even after they had the game in hand. It became evident as Twitter blew up after Rapinoe’s celebration after scoring the ninth goal.
“0.0 problem with the score line as this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you. Curious to see if anyone apologizes for this postgame. #USWNT #FIFAWWC,” tweeted Taylor Twellman, an ESPN soccer analyst and former U.S. men’s national team player.
“I would tone down the celebration on the 9th goal, but that’s just me,” tweeted Max Bretos, an ESPN analyst and the play-by-play announcer for LAFC.
Entering the tournament, the U.S. Women won six straight matches and were 7-1-2 overall in 2019, and according to head coach Jill Ellis didn’t want to let up because it would be disrespectful to their opponent. The previous World Cup margin of victory was in 2007 when Germany defeated Argentina 11-0.
The USWNT continues group play against Chile at 9 a.m. on Sunday on FOX.