The U.S. women's national team's 13-goal outburst in their debut match at this year's World Cup was the most ever scored in a single game at the worldwide tournament.
Kyle criticized the the team on the air on Tuesday after the USA women ran up the score to 13-0, and continued to celebrate each goal throughout the match. I respect Thailand, I spoke to some of them afterward and they should keep their heads up. Germany's hard-fought 1-0 victory over China wasn't the masterclass some expected, while Spain needed two penalties to beat South Africa 3-1.
They thought the goal celebrations were over the top during the blowout victory and shared their criticism of the USA team during a broadcast following Tuesday's game.
"I think it's disrespectful if we don't show up and give our best and play our game for 90 minutes", she said.
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 lopsided result prompted debate over both running up the score - goal difference can be crucial in the group stage of a tournament - and the American celebrations as the score mounted.
"It was the way in which they did it, which is now causing headlines... if you are going to blow away a team, do it with humility, and they did not", host Kate Beirness said. This did not sit well with former Canada star Kaylyn Kyle, who compared Morgan to an all-time great Canadian striker.
"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point".
USA Today columnist Nancy Armour also had no time for the critics. And I couldn't have dreamt of scoring five goals in a World Cup. "To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents", Ellis said. It's the World Cup folks. We got a lot of attacks, and I think we were really clinical in the number of attacks that we did get. #USWNT #FIFAWWC,"Taylor Twellman, an ESPN soccer analyst and former player for the New England Revolution and the US men's national team, added".
The U.S. plays Chile on Sunday and then plays Sweden next week.