Not Everybody Was Happy With U.S. Women's Team's 13-0 Drubbing Of Thailand
By Bill Galluccio
June 12, 2019
The U.S. Women's Soccer team got off to a record-setting start to the World Cup with an impressive 13-0 victory over Thailand, which included a record-tying five goals from Alex Morgan. Thailand could barely get anything going and managed just two shots on goal during the game.
Not everybody was happy with how the game played out. Many people felt the U.S. players should not have continued to pour it on and celebrate their goals once the game got out of hand. Retired soccer player Taylor Twellman blasted the team on Twitter for showing up their opponents as they ran up the score.
"0.0 problem with the score line as this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you. Curious to see if anyone apologizes for this postgame.
Other fans agreed with him, pointing out that it was in poor taste to have a team celebration after scoring their 12th goal of the game.
The team's manager Jill Ellis told reporters after the game that she had no problem with how her team played or with their goal celebrations.
"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point. And I think that to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents. It's a tournament where goal differential is important," Ellis said. "When you get a deluge of goals like that, it's a good feeling. It builds confidence."
The team will continue the defense of their 2015 World Cup championship against Chile on Sunday (June 16) and then finish off the first round with a match against Sweden on Thursday (June 20).
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