The United States Women’s National Team got off to a great start at the 2019 World Cup on Tuesday, pouring in 13 goals against a hapless Thailand squad. But many are accusing them of celebrating a little too much once the game was in-hand.
Star forward Alex Morgan took to Twitter to celebrate the fact that four World Cup first-timers – Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis and Lindsey Horan – all scored in their debuts. It was a strong message.
Responses to Morgan’s tweet show that people are divided about the late-game celebrating by the team. Some think the United States should have shown more class. Some don’t think it’s a big deal at all.
Here’s the tweet, with a number of responses arguing both sides.
F**king squad goals!!! https://t.co/JuhVmMWCW0
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 12, 2019
Love the overall play of #USWNT just cool it with the choreographed celebration on the sidelines after goals 10,11,12,13. Comes across as embarrassing the Thai team. I’m heading to France 🇫🇷 to support your team today and looking forward to seeing you kick ass.
— nvskeet (@twoatlowhouse8) June 12, 2019
There was no need to celebrate that much last nite Alex.
— Paul Shanahan (@shaners10) June 12, 2019
Ridiculous celebrations after getting to 4-0, like a bunch of kids at 10-0. I'm all for punishing opponents etc and doing your best. 100% – but calm down when you hit 5…8..11..13 goals. Not nice.
— JPW3:16 (@Wall82Jonathan) June 12, 2019
It’s the World Cup mate you’re not gonna let them have hope. You ever play sports? You want to win and crush them
— ken (@Ken_K_____) June 12, 2019
— Jordan Ivan "Jrill" Arill (@JordanArill) June 12, 2019
GOAT on the pitch, but you still have some lessons to learn about sportswomanship.
— Nathan ⭐️⭐️ B. (@itsNathanB) June 12, 2019
Cry. Hope we run it up again Sunday
— Marcus J. (@LyonHeart85) June 12, 2019
Yessir marcus! Lets beat another team by 15 so these people with weak mentalities can cry on twitter.
— Jacob Gary (@MrSoFlyGary) June 12, 2019
Goal differential is a major tiebreaker at the group stage, so you can certainly make a case that it’s important to score as many goals as possible. The celebrating aspect of it all is what’s up for debate.
Regardless, Morgan and the rest of the United States team still have two more games before knockout play – against Sweden and Chile. A win in either game should put them through.
The United States will next take on Chile on Sunday.