USWNT celebration debate hijacked by death threats

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Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates with teammate Megan Rapinoe after scoring her team's twelfth goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between United States of America and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. And the top-ranked Americans did not hold back on the celebrations as they began defence of their world crown.

"For the celebrations - these are goals that we have dreamt of our entire life", Morgan said.

Goal difference is a tie-breaker at the group stage of this tournament, and may end up deciding whether the US wins its group.

"I'm all about passion and I think as a Canadian we would never think about doing something like that", said Kyle. "For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful", she said.

Not that Thailand are necessarily minnows, as they sit 34th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, higher than six other sides competing at this World Cup.

Kyle, who made 101 appearances for Canada before retiring in 2017, later claimed to have been sent death threats in the wake of those comments and took to Twitter to clarify what she meant.

I said the exact opposite IT'S THE WORLD CUP! You score as many as you can and don't take the foot off the gas pedal! "Everyone is allowed there [sic] opinions towards my thoughts 100 per cent but please leave the death threats!"

Kyle said the tweet would be her last comment on the issue.

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. "I hope they could have won with humility and grace but celebrating goals eight, nine and 10 the way they were doing was really unnecessary".

Seven different players scored for the Americans, tying Germany for the most in a World Cup match. Matheson added it should have embarrassed US coach Jill Ellis.

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"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point". Of all the team earnings the Times collected, the US had by far the highest rate.

Others have argued that it was the first time on the World Cup stage for numerous American players, and they should be allowed to celebrate however they would like for working to get that far. Imagine it being you out there.

At the real World Cup, a mismatch like yesterday's is almost impossible. Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour was unapologetic.

"I accept that we were not good enough and that the opponents were far more powerful. Go join the 6-year-olds in the park", she wrote. "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit. It was a spectacular display of dominance by a team that has consistently had to fight for better funding, support and salary from the governing bodies of soccer.

Ten of the goals came in the second half as the defending champions set a new mark for the biggest winning margin in the women's World Cup, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007. Alex Morgan tied a national record with five goals in the match. "It's a tournament where goal differential is a criteria".

Megan Rapinoe defended the team Wednesday in an interview with FOX Sports' Alex Curry.

The top five finishers at the Asian qualifier advanced to the 24-team World Cup.

The U.S. outshot Thailand 30-2 (21-2 in shots on target) and had 75 percent possession.

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