Football Soccer – Women's World Cup – Semi-Finals ̵
(Reuters) – Alex Morgan celebrated victory over England to help the US reach the Women's World Cup final on Tuesday. However, it was her goal celebration that caused a stir.
After Morgan scored the 2: 1 against the USA in the 31st minute, he stepped to the sideline and drank an imaginary cup of tea that spawned a series of memes and American Revolution references on social media.
The victory came two days before Independence Day in the United States, reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence of 13 American colonies in 1776.
Morgan was criticized for the celebration. England international Lianne Sanderson described it as "disgusting".
"I think I expected Alex to score this evening, but I'm not so happy with this celebration," the Juventus striker told beIN Sports.
"I could be wrong, but it's based on the game against England and we love our tea in England, I'm not a tea drinker, but that's what we're all connected to, I think it's a bit uncomfortable."
Morgan said the celebration was her way to respond to the critics of the US team who accused the defending champions of arrogance.
"I wanted to keep it interesting," she said. "I know that Megan Rapinoe had the best party I had to try to reinforce this game
"I think this team has been so much on them and we feel that we have not made it easy for us to get through this tournament and that is the tea. "
Hardik Vyas reporting in Bengaluru; edited by Peter Rutherford