'Stop judging these women' - Wambach defends USA's excessive celebrations during Thailand thumping

NICE FRANCE- JUNE 09 Nikita Parris of England celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Scotland at Stade de Nice

Wambach defends USA after 13-0 humiliation of Thailand

Ten of their goals came in the second half as the U.S. set a new mark for the biggest winning margin in a women's World Cup match, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007.

Rapinoe scored the ninth goal for the title-holders, one of 10 in the second half as the U.S. surpassed the tournament record of 11-0, set by Germany against Argentina in 2007.

"I respect Thailand, I celebrate that they are here, I spoke to some of them afterwards and just said keep your heads up".

Naturally, the players celebrated all 13 goals. That's more goals than the USA men's team scored in its last 11 World Cup games.

The highlight reel for Team USA's opening match in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 is very long. "To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said.

"I think it's disrespectful if we don't show up and give our best and play our game for 90 minutes", she said. You would never say this about a men's team.

Fellow TSN analyst Clare Rustad, a former global with 45 Canada caps, and veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson, who is missing the tournament through injury, also criticized the American behaviour while noting the importance of goal differential.

"Tonight we knew that every goal could matter in these group stage games", Morgan said.

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"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point".

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It is certainly ominous for the other World Cup winning hopefuls, a statement of intent, in the same way a parading of military hardware is created to unnerve a hostile foe thinking of challenging United States interests. You want those players to have those feelings because then they go into games.

And she said: "I sit here and go 'if this is 10-0 in a men's World Cup, do we get the same questions?'"

The Thailand rout set a number of Women's World Cup records.

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", Wambach tweeted. "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit.

U.S. Captain Alex Morgan, who scored five of Tuesday's goals and was involved in several others, responded to the criticism.

The USWNT was truly off to the races in the second half where the team scored nine goals, including four in a six minute span. Mewis opened the dam with a strike on the half-volley and was followed by goals from Morgan, Mewis again, and Lavelle.

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