The USWNT has garnered quite a lot of criticism in the hours following their 13-0 win over Thailand that included numerous goal celebrations. One of the most notable “culprits” was USWNT striker Megan Rapinoe, whose goal in the 79th minute was followed by a sliding celebrating where she kicked her legs in the air.
On Wednesday, Rapinoe joined several of her USWNT teammates in responding to the criticism. Speaking to FOX Sports, Rapinoe brushed off the criticism, saying that her team’s only crime was “an explosion of joy.”
Rapinoe also challenged her team’s critics to “come at us,” adding that the team was “pretty pent up” from how long they’ve waited to return to competitive soccer.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 12, 2019
Meanwhile, USWNT forward Alex Morgan, who scored five goals in the game, showed no fear on Twitter, proudly celebrating the team’s historic win over Thailand.
F**king squad goals!!! https://t.co/JuhVmMWCW0
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 12, 2019
Among the most notable critics were former Canada national team stars Clare Rustad, Kaylyn Kyle, and Diana Matheson, who tore into the USWNT for celebrating.
The 13-0 win over Thailand was the largest win at a World Cup in FIFA history – between both genders. The win was the second-largest in USWNT history, just behind a 14-0 win over the Dominican Republic in 2012.
The USWNT were already the favorites going into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and they’re more than happy to play the villains if it means celebrating their dominance together.