Opening of the US National Team Tuesday's World Cup game left little room to deny that it will be a major force in the tournament. The 13-0 defeat to Thailand, however, triggered a debate over whether the American players celebrated their many goals too much.
While there was disagreement as to when it became unsportsmanlike to continue the excitement, many cited Megan Rapinoe's record that earned the USA a 9-0 lead in the 79th minute.
The 33-year-old winger, who served as team captain on Tuesday, followed suit by spinning happily and sliding onto the grass before she joined her teammates on the sidelines to an ecstatic group hug.
For some observers, that was too much, much less the ensuing celebrations, after the US had expanded its leadership into double digits.
Some of the sharpest criticisms came from the present and former members of the Canadian national team, including Clare Rustad, who called the displays "disgraceful." Rustad told the viewers that she "hoped they could win with h." Agility and grace, but celebrating the eight, nine and ten goals as they did was really unnecessary. TSN presenter Kate Beirness said Rapinoe scored "scores on the international stage," but the veteran player celebrated as if she had her first. "Beirness also lamented Alex Morgan for" counting out "her five goals on Tuesday, calling it" unacceptable. "
Never think about doing that, "said former player Kaylyn Kyle. "… It's disrespectful to me, it's a shame."
Diana Matheson of Canada, who leaves the tournament with an injury, also sat on the jury and admitted that "you will not hold back." Matheson claimed, however, that USWNT coach Jill Ellis should be "ashamed."  A Former American Man Team player, ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, also cited Rapinoe's goal when he tweeted that the celebrations left "a sour taste in my mouth." He added, "Curious whether someone apologized for that, "but emphasized that he had a" 0,0 problem "with the number of goals scored.
Arl o White, a native Englishman announcing Premier League games for NBC Sports, tweeted that teams should "score as many goals as possible" but " alleviate the" big goal celebrations after 6 or 7 " .
ESPN's Max Bretos, who calls games for Los Angeles FC from MLS, reiterated that assessment, by tweeting : "I would soften the 9th goal celebration, but that's just me. "
Former USWNT star Abby Wambach, though she had none of that.
"For those who have problems with many goals, this is the first goal for some players and they should be excited," she said on Twitter. "Imagine you were out there. This is your dream to play in a World Cup and then to score. Celebrate.
The world record holder among men and women for international goals added: "Would you advise a men's team not to score or celebrate?
To a Twitter user who replied to Wambach with a complaint about the celebrations wrote : "This is not football in the league. This is THE WORLD CUP !!!!!!!!! Stop judging these women with patriarchal glasses. You would never say that about a men's team.
This latest Wambach claim tweeted former USMNT member Alexi Lalas, now a football analyst for Fox Sports, "Yes, we would.
He agreed, however, that there should be no dispute with the celebrations, joked on Twitter that they should stop only at Gate No. 27.
"I love it, but the football gods can be cruel and vindictive," he added, "If the US continues to fail, its behavior will be in a loop."
Lalas commented similarly to a closing show on the Fox Sports World Cup, which aired on television from the French host country, said (via Deadspin): "For anyone out there who thinks this US side should have gone for gas: The US team is not here for someone's friend to be. The US team is here to win a World Cup. "
" The US team will score as many goals as possible each time a whistle sounds. And it's not her problem when she plays against a team's poor team, "Lalas continued." And you saw the celebration after each and every goal? There's a bigger picture of what they're dealing with here. "And called it "humiliating" and "an exercise in the target exercise" for the US. The continued exuberance, however, seemed to be the major topic of discussion, also later in Fox Sports' coverage of the World Cup, when several analysts defended] American players.
"To score on this stage," said Maurice Edu, who played for the USA at the 2010 World Cup. consider your opponent and what he feels. "No.  "I live right now, I put blood, sweat, and tears in that stage to score in a World Cup, and I'll celebrate as I see fit."
"This is part of the game, and if you're Thailand, you're not upset, They will not be disregarded, "said former USWNT member Leslie Osborne.
"It's the first game in the World Cup, there's energy – they've been waiting in this hotel for so long," former USWNT captain Christie Pearce said with a giggle. "They just wanted to have fun, gain some momentum and enjoy this moment."
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