The U.S. women's national team has been slammed for its celebrations against Thailand, with current Canadian national team star Diana Matheson saying USWNT manager Jill Ellis should be embarrassed at her team's antics.
Kyle was even less pleased, ripping the USA 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.
With goal differential a tiebreaker in the group stage, the US was incentivized to score as many goals as it could, but the way the team reacted to several goals late in the match has come under fire. It was one of the biggest blowouts in the tournament's history and made USA tie with Sweden for one win each, although the US led with the most scores.
The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday.
"Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup", Rapinoe said after the match. They were world class.More news: Three officially announces 5G plans for the UK
"I think to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against them".
"We have to look at the group stage as every goal counts and it was important for us to continue to go", said Morgan.
"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited".
Fast forward to this summer's tournament in France and Lloyd is already up and running. but the night truly belonged to Alex Morgan, as the United States of America star bagged FIVE goals against Thailand. "Imagine it being you out there".
Perhaps the harshest criticism of the US came from Canadian analysts on TSN's World Cup show.More news: Police Arrest Second Suspect in David Ortiz Shooting
Thailand qualified out of Asia, which has been awarded five berths since the Women's World Cup was expanded from 16 to 24 teams for the 2015 tournament.
Is it Ok to celebrate scoring no matter what, or do you think being a good sport should come first? Those feelings are what can help you through the tournament. 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. 13-0 isn't a fútbol score, it's a football score.
The Americans play No. 39 Chile in Paris on Sunday.
The Americans set another tournament record with four goals in six minutes in the second half. 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".More news: Google Pixel 4 Leaked Model Hands On