The United States Women’s Soccer Team has come under intense scrutiny after they beat their opponent 13-0 in a Tuesday night World Cup tournament game. Former American players defended the team’s celebrations after each goal by explaining that for many of them this was their first goal in a World Cup game, undoubtedly a memorable moment for each of them.
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On the other hand, Thailand suffered its worse loss in the country’s history in the game played in France that night. It wasn’t that the American team scored in excess; it was how they celebrated every time they scored that rubbed people the wrong way.
According to the Daily Mail, the Thailand players were in tears by the end of the game as the American players celebrated each score as if it was their first goal of the game. This was met with criticism by former players from other countries as well as the commentators at the game.
Striker Alex Morgan scored five goals by herself, which tied the tournament record. “We really just came into the game really wanting to showcase ourselves,” she said. “We knew that every goal could matter in this group stage game and when it comes to celebrations this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together.”
Jill Ellis, the coach for the U.S. team, defended the excessive scoring by asking one simple question: Would there be this backlash if this was in the men’s World Cup?
“If this is 10-0 in a men’s World Cup are we getting the same questions?” she asked. “A World Cup is about competing. It is about peaking. It is about priming your players ready for the next game.”
Ellis makes a poignant point about her job description. “I don’t find it my job to harness my players and rein them in because this is what they dreamt about. This is it for them. This is a world championship.”
Abby Wambach, a former player on the team, defended her former teammates by stating: “For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is their first World Cup goal, and they should be excited.”
She added: “Imagine it being 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 not score or celebrate?”
Some were not so open to the idea of celebrating goals in excess. TSN analyst Kaylyn Kyle argued: “They’re the No. 1 team in the world and for me, I’m disgusted, honestly,” she said. “As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that … For me it’s disrespectful, it’s disgraceful.”
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will be playing its next game on Sunday at noon against Chile.