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It's common knowledge now that the U.S. Women's National Team absolutely smoked Thailand on Tuesday in the 2019 Women's World Cup, riding five - yes, five - goals from Alex Morgan to a historic 13-0 rout in Group F play. And the top-ranked Americans did not hold back on the celebrations as they began defence of their World Cup crown.

While some criticised the team for turning in what looks like a lopsided National Football League score (despite goal differential being part of the tiebreaker for an easier draw in the knockout stage), Kyle focused on the celebrations.

One TV commentator said the win was so comprehensive that the US should have stopped attacking late in the game but Rapinoe said the champions were delighted to now have the record for the biggest World Cup win and to make a statement as they go in search of their fourth world title.

"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that", she said. "For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful", she said. "Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high".

Kyle later tweeted she had received death threats over the remarks.

"Personally I think if you're putting in as much work as you put in to get to a World Cup - and for a lot of those players that was their first World Cup goals - by all means celebrate", she said. I said the exact opposite.

"You celebrate when you score a goal", he said.

"I did say i thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0. Everyone is allowed their opinions towards my thoughts 100% but please leave the death threats!"

Record worldwide goalscorer Abby Wambach also defended her former team mates.

Clare Rustad, Kaylyn Kyle and Diana Matheson are serving as broadcast analysts for TSN, Canada's ESPN equivalent, for the World Cup.

Hence, mismatches like the U.S. -Thailand farce.

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U.S. coach Jill Ellis hit back at suggestions her players could have eased up and spared 34th-ranked Thailand complete humiliation.

Forward Janine Beckie, a dual U.S.

Former U.S. men's global Taylor Twellman, meanwhile, voiced his displeasure with the celebrations.

"We're at a World Cup and when it comes down to goal differential and winning games, they made their margin as big as they could".

"Imagine it being you out there", she added. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate. Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour also had no time for the critics. "And I believe they wanted us to play them straight up". "Go join the 6-year-olds in the park", she wrote.

Retired American global 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".

The hosts, coached by Corinne Diacre, cruised to a 4-0 win over South Korea in their first outing last Friday and are hoping to build on that against the Norwegians in Nice at 1900 GMT in one of 13 sold-out games in the tournament so far. "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA worldwide turned TV pundit.

The team plays Chile in their next match Sunday. The players were intimidated and lost concentration after they lost three goals in seven minutes at the start of the second half. Every goal matters in this tournament and so that's what we were working on in this game.

164-cap veteran striker Alex Morgan scored five times, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted twice each while Lindsey Horan, skipper Megan Rapinoe and substitutes Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also found the net in the lopsided victory.

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

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