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Canadian commentators criticize U.S

Canadian commentators criticize U.S”

There was no easing off, no mercy, it was a rout. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup.

Yet, the reality is all it really did was show how ruthless the team are, not how good.

During the FIFA Women's World Cup game on June 12, all eyes were on Alex Morgan, who scored five goals and helped United States of America defeat Thailand 13-0 in one of the most memorable moments in the tournament's history.

U.S. Captain Alex Morgan, who scored five of Tuesday's goals and was involved in several others, responded to the criticism.

But, naysayers called the team's celebrations "classless", "disrespectful" and "disgusting", arguing they should have been more muted considering their soccer federation operates at a much higher level. "I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!"

"After beating Thailand 13-0 & celebrating each goal #USWNT may have lost fans, domestically & internationally.and sealed themselves as villains of the @FIFAWWC". Canadian sports commentators Clare Rustad, Kaylyn Kyle and Diana Matheson said on air that the celebrations were simply "unnecessary".

The criticism wasn't isolated north of the border, with two former USA men's team stars giving their counterparts a little kick. "Their first time on a World Cup stage, I'd just like to hug them all". I love it. But the soccer gods can be cruel and vindictive.

Go Team USA! Hopefully their next round of on field celebrations will be even more exuberant.

She also questioned whether there was an element of sexism in the criticism.

"Tonight we knew that every goal could matter in these group stage games", Morgan said.

Kyle said later on social media she had received death threats for her comments, but repeated that she felt the Americans´ celebrations were "excessive and disrespectful". It's part of growing the game.

"A lot of this is about building momentum and so as a coach I don't find it my job to rein my players in", Ellis told The Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. outshot Thailand 30-2 (21-2 in shots on target) and had 75 percent possession.



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