You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

'Disgusted' - USWNT slammed for celebrations in record-breaking World Cup win

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6 days ago
© Robert Cianflone

A special message from MSN:

Sport has the power to change lives. Yet in the UK only 8% of young women and girls are meeting the recommended exercise guidelines and millions are missing out on the transformational rewards of an active lifestyle. We’re committed to tackling the under-representation of women’s sport and have partnered with giving platform Benevity to raise funds for the charity Women In Sport. You can make a real difference - please donate now.

The U.S. women's national team rolled up a record-shattering 13-0 win over Thailand on Tuesday to get the side's World Cup defense off to a flying start. 

FIFA Women's World Cup: Top goalscorers over the years [Photos]

Alex Morgan scored five goals as seven different U.S. players got on the scoresheet against a team that was clearly overmatched. 

The USA took a 3-0 lead into the break, scoring 10 times in the second half on the way to their dominant win. 

And while USWNT players were quick to point out that there was little reason for them to dial back the scoring late in the match, their celebrations for the goals scored late on caught some negative attention, particularly from former Canadian national team stars Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle​. 

"I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn’t manage to do that," Rustad said on TSN's broadcast of the match.

"Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary. What is this?"

Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Group F - United States v Thailand - Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France - June 11, 2019  Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their twelfth goal with Megan Rapinoe  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann © Reuters Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Group F - United States v Thailand - Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France - June 11, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their twelfth goal with Megan Rapinoe REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Kyle was even less pleased, ripping the U.S. players, in particular Morgan, who could be seen counting goals on her fingers, saying she was "disgusted" seeing those kinds of antics from one of the World Cup favorites. 

“They’re the No.1 team in the world and for me, I’m disgusted, honestly," she said.

"You’re going up against a team that’s first time in the World Cup, they’re just happy to be there. Celebrate, I get it, like a Mallory Pugh. But these people counting their goals, this … I’m embarrassed.

Best pictures from FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 [Photos]

"I was a female professional athlete; there’s kids watching this and to be celebrating when it’s eight, nine, 10.

"I said in the pre-game, yes, you want to score a lot of goals, yes, you want to make your mark because of the goal difference. But there’s a way to do it, and that is not the way for me."

Despite the critics, USWNT legend Abby Wambach, the USA's all-time leading scorer, was quick to jump to the defense of her former team, claiming that they were drawing unfair criticism from some circles. 

Alex Morgan holding a ball: Alex Morgan USWNT Thailand Women's World Cup 2019 © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited Alex Morgan USWNT Thailand Women's World Cup 2019

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited," 2015 World Cup winner Wambach wrote via Twitter.

"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?"

While Wambach asked the USWNT to continue to do its best to find more goals, she called on FIFA to give more resources to countries that need it. She also questioned whether the men's national team would be under fire for a similar result.

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Know the teams [Photos]

"Really respecting the game and what you've worked for is to do your best at ALL times," Wambach said.

"This is a call to @FIFAcom to do more and give more resources for some of these countries. It's the World Cup folks. Would you say this about the men? Didn't think so."

Wambach, 39, added: "With all due respect: did you see @alexmorgan13 last two goals and her last assist?!!! They were world class. And this isn’t rec league soccer. This is THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!!!! Stop judging these women with patriarchal glasses. You would never say this about a men’s team. Period."

Explore more issues around women in sport and join our fight to empower everyone to experience the lifelong benefits of exercise here. ​

Plus, Virgin Active have pledged to match donations raised meaning your money goes further to help even more women and girls get into sport.


More from Sporting News

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon