During the FIFA Women's World Cup game on June 12, all eyes were on Alex Morgan, who scored five goals and helped US defeat Thailand 13-0 in one of the most memorable moments in the tournament's history. It was one of the biggest blowouts in the tournament's history and made USA tie with Sweden for one win each, although the US led with the most scores.
The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday.
But after the game, the team received criticism on Canadian sports network TSN from a pair of former Canadian national team players who thought the Americans showed disrespect by continuing to score with the game out of reach, as well as celebrating each goal despite the score being as lopsided as it was. "This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote.
Asked about the lopsided score, USA coach Jill Ellis wondered if a 10-0 victory in a men's World Cup would prompt the same questions.
The debate between celebration and gritty acknowledgement has raged for ages, regardless of the score of any game.
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"I understand there's a goal differential race in this tournament, and I understand they are nervous about drawing Sweden later in the tournament, but this was disgraceful from the United States", former Canadian player Clare Rustad chimed in.
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For all that have issue with many goals: "for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", 2015 World Cup victor Wambach wrote via Twitter.
"I definitely think we need to keep our feet on the ground and I think we will, but I do think that we created a lot of good energy and that's something that can help carry us forward", said Mewis, the 26-year-old midfielder who was making her World Cup finals debut.
USA Today columnist Nancy Armour was unapologetic.
"This is a world championship so every team that is here has been fantastic to get to this point. To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said.
"We always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, we´ll take it", Rapinoe said. "Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it´s the World Cup".
The U.S. plays Chile on Sunday and then plays Sweden next week.