Former Canada international gets death threats for U.S. goal celebration criticism

Arnold Nichols
June 14, 2019

It's the World Cup.

Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as the holders began their World Cup campaign with the largest margin of victory in either the men's or women's World Cup. Alex Morgan tied a national record with five goals in the match.

Morgan and Nild are not the only "Cal Bers" making a showing at this World Cup, with New Zealand's Betsy Hasset and Daisy Cleverley rounding out the contingent.

Rapinoe's team played their first match in the tournament against Thailand on 11 June.

"Maybe they have an internal target they want to meet or are trying to break the record, but "embarrassed" is the word for Jill Ellis and the way she was leading her team in this one".

Rustad said on Canadian TV: 'Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary.

"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point. For us, the players are excited and I said afterward when you go into a World Cup you can talk tactics, but it's about mentality, it is also about confidence, and so getting off on the right foot is important". "As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played", a statement from the organization said.

Former U.S. worldwide Alexi Lalas, another member of the panel, however, defended the Americans.


Former U.S. men's worldwide Taylor Twellman, meanwhile, voiced his displeasure with the celebrations. One of the most notable "culprits" was USWNT striker Megan Rapinoe, whose goal in the 79th minute was followed by a sliding celebrating where she kicked her legs in the air.

Rob Stone, meanwhile, the host of the Fox Sports World Cup coverage on American television, sided with Twellman.

"I am no stranger to controversy, but let me tell you: I am a proponent of respecting my opponents, and I always have been", Solo said. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup.

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour was unapologetic. "You want your forward to feel that".

"After beating Thailand 13-0 & celebrating each goal USWNT may have lost fans, domestically & internationally...and sealed themselves as villains of the ↕FIFAWWC".

The predetermined nature of the celebrations was what bothered Solo the most. Of all the team earnings the Times collected, the USA had by far the highest rate. "Because I'm as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don't get to tell me if I can be here or not", she said. And the multi-goal performances by Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis marked the first time a team has had three different players score multiple goals in one match at the tournament. The former National Football League quarterback made headlines when he knelt during the anthem before a game three years ago.

The top five finishers at the Asian qualifier advanced to the 24-team World Cup.

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