Team USA Criticized for 'Disrespectful' Goal Celebrations During World Cup Rout

Arnold Nichols
June 13, 2019

The United States' record 13-0 drubbing of Thailand at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday did not sit well with everybody, with opinion divided on whether the team should have so mercilessly punished a hapless opponent.

The 13-0 victory is the largest margin of victory in the history of the FIFA World Cup - both men's and women's.

So, it took 13 years of World Cup play for the men's team to do what the women's team did in one day.

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 afterwards.

The US has not conceded a goal since it beat the Matildas 5-3 in Colorado in April, a run of five consecutive matches. Among those seven, three nations are making their World Cup debut: Chile (39th), South Africa (49th) and Jamaica (53rd), and all face a tough slog to advance beyond the group stage. The remaining four teams are selected by the next-highest point totals in the following groupings: A-C-D, B-E-F, C-D-E and A-B-F. Its downfall was goal differential, falling to Germany and Norway, each 4-0. Forward Megan Rapinoe discussed the reaction to her team's blowout win on Tuesday morning, telling Fox Soccer, "our only crime was an explosion of joy".

Striker Morgan was seen counting her goal tally on her fingers while the USA players continued to mass in a joyous huddle even when the scoreline went beyond 10-0.

"As a coach, I don't find it my job to harness my players and rein them in because this is what they've dreamed about".


Coach Jill Ellis made some lineup moves for the match in the absence of defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who the team said was held out as a precaution with a minor quad injury. I mean, I'm going to celebrate Mal Pugh's goal.

Wambach, 39, added: "With all due respect: did you see @alexmorgan13 last two goals and her last assist?!"

"But the reality is we also believe we have more to do no doubt".

Eight minutes later Rose Lavelle found the net with a left-footed shot while midfielder Lindsey Horan gave them a 3-0 halftime lead.

The U.S. national team won their 2019 World Cup opener at Stade August-Delaune on a lovely night in Reims. "They're the No. 1 team in the world".

Up next for the United States is World Cup newcomer Chile on Sunday in Paris.

Right at the end of the first half, during the two additional minutes of extra time, the United States dominated, having about four real opportunities to score.

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