Alex Morgan tied a tournament record with five goals and the defending champions, the United States (US) national team, opened Group F of the FIFA Women's World Cup (FWWC) with a historic 13-0 rout of Thailand yesterday.
It is certainly ominous for the other World Cup winning hopefuls, a statement of intent, in the same way a parading of military hardware is created to unnerve a hostile foe thinking of challenging USA interests.
Fellow TSN analyst Clare Rustad, a former worldwide with 45 Canada caps, and veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson, who is missing the tournament through injury, also criticized the American behaviour while noting the importance of goal differential.
Many Twitter users also criticised the show of joy with the hashtag "UglyAmericans". 13-0 isn't a fútbol score, it's a football score. "Bury (Thailand) then move on but don't use anything that could be needed in future games", he wrote.
The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.
Kyle said later on social media she had received death threats for her comments, but repeated that she felt the Americans´ celebrations were "excessive and disrespectful". "And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents".
"A lot of this is about building momentum and so as a coach I don't find it my job to rein my players in".
"I respect Thailand, I celebrate that they are here. This is part of the growth of the game". Alex Morgan finished with five goals, and immediately moves into the lead for the Golden Boot.More news: Marcus Stoinis in doubt as much-maligned replacement touted
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Record global goalscorer Abby Wambach also defended her former team mates. They played at the 2015 Women's Women's Cup and even won a game - 3-2 over Ivory Coast - something that seven teams had not done when they entered the 2019 Women's World Cup.
She also questioned whether there was an element of sexism in the criticism. "Imagine it being you out there".
The USWNT will continue their quest for a second straight Women's World Cup title on Sunday against Chile. "Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?"
Rob Stone, meanwhile, the host of the Fox Sports World Cup coverage on American television, sided with Twellman.
"This is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. It just became an exercise in target practice", he said. But once you learn all the other factors that go into the athlete's pay, this "inequality" falls apart just like all the other gender "wage" gap claims. "Pull it back, knock it around".
"The U.S. team is not here to be anybody's friend".
Former U.S. worldwide Abby Wambach, whose world goal-scoring record is being chased by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, also defended the scoreline.
"There are some teams here that, since the last World Cup, have only played a handful of games, or only the qualifiers".