Alex Morgan sets a scoring record and shakes World Cup

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2019

Alex Morgan scored five times as US recorded the biggest win in Women's World Cup history in Reims on Tuesday, but the manner of their one-sided victory drew flak on social media, with American players criticised for over-celebrating their rampant humiliation of inferior opposition.

But the England camp did not know of the Premier League side's arrangement with the reigning champions and are bemused by it.

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.

"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that ..."

'For some players this is their first World Cup goal and they should be excited, ' she wrote on Twitter. Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?'

Midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who has 185 caps, said she didn't watch the USA game so was somewhat in the dark.

"We've played against the Americans before and you've got a player like [Canada captain] Christine Sinclair scoring a hat-trick and she would never even think about counting out how many goals she has on one hand".

At the real World Cup, a mismatch like yesterday's is almost impossible. Imagine it being you out there. Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate? "I think we wouldn't back off either if were getting the goal-scoring opportunities".

The score will go down in history: 13-0.

Retired American worldwide Taylor Twellman, now an ESPN analyst, tweeted he had zero problems with the scoreline given "this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like 9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you". I love it. But the soccer gods can be cruel and vindictive.

"This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup".

Morgan grabbed five goals while Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each and Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also got on the scoresheet in the Group F encounter watched by more than 18,000. "If this were a tennis match, it would be as if the plaintiffs made their opening serve (by filing the complaint) and the defendant returned the ball (filing an answer), but there's still a lot more match to play", said Erin Buzuvis, a professor at Western New England University School of Law. The players were intimidated and lost concentration after they lost three goals in seven minutes at the start of the second half. "It's a tournament where goal differential is a criteria".

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

The Thai women qualified for the 2019 tournament by reaching the semifinals of the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup where they lost in a penalty shootout to No. 6 Australia before losing the third-place match 3-1 to No. 16 China.

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