United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, congratulates teammate Alex Morgan after scoring her fifth goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
But after the game, the team received criticism on Canadian sports network TSN from a pair of former Canadian national team players who thought the Americans showed disrespect by continuing to score with the game out of reach, as well as celebrating each goal despite the score being as lopsided as it was. You score as many as you can and don't take the foot off the gas pedal! "Curious to see if anyone apologizes for this postgame", Twellman tweeted to his 327,000 followers.
He was also critical of the US women for showing their hand ahead of games against more formidable opponents.
"Not sure why the #USWNT is "wasting" any of their set plays when the score is 3-0. Their first time on a World Cup stage, I'd just like to hug them all". Imagine it being you out there.
It is certainly ominous for the other World Cup winning hopefuls, a statement of intent, in the same way a parading of military hardware is created to unnerve a hostile foe thinking of challenging USA interests. "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it´s the World Cup".
"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point".
"I'm happy just ignoring those comments", Morgan concluded.
Federation Internationale de Football Association has already pulled back from a claim that 20 of the 52 matches were sold out, saying Tuesday that only 14 matches had no availability.
Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post wrote a column headlined, "The U.S. women's national team is an American treasure. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said.
"The U.S. team is not here to be anybody's friend".
Three former players from Canada, which also sports one of the better women's teams in global soccer, poured water on the US victory by accusing them of a lack of class and humility as they continued to rejoice in racking up the score.
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