This is a team in full attack mode, fighting not just to win a World Cup, but to prove a larger point about their worth. There was no easing off, no mercy, it was a rout.
"We have the utmost respect for everyone we play but it's the World Cup and that's part of it".
Yet, the reality is all it really did was show how ruthless the team are, not how good. Alex Morgan's five goals tied her with fellow American Michelle Akers for most goals in a single World Cup match. Morgan scored five goals during the match.
"I did say I thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0".
Kyle criticized the the team on the air on Tuesday after the US women ran up the score to 13-0, and continued to celebrate each goal throughout the match.
The former City star, introduced from the bench just before the hour mark, netted the final goal in injury time of an astonishing win for reigning Champions the United States, who romped to a 13 (thirteen!) -0 win over Thailand in their Group F opener.
Fresh off the back of the USWNT's lopsided 13-0 win over Thailand to open its World Cup campaign, a panel on Canadian sports network TSN took some extra time to criticize the USA team's exuberant performance.
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. Wambach asked whether a men's team would have been criticized in the same way. "Celebrate.Would you tell a men's team to not score or celebrate?" I love it. But the soccer gods can be cruel and vindictive. I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!
"Every goal matters when the goal differential is the tiebreaker in group play. For me it´s disrespectful, it´s disgraceful".
"We always want to have any world record and anything we can get over the Germans, we´ll take it", Rapinoe said.
US women's soccer coach Jill Ellis said her players didn't consider pulling back because it would disrespect their opponent.
The U.S. plays Chile on Sunday and then plays Sweden next week.