Former Canada player and broadcaster on Canadian network TSN Kaylyn Kyle said she was "disgusted" at the way the US players conducted themselves in their first match in the FIFA Women's World Cup. She received death threats as a result.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 favourites and cup holders, the US, recorded the biggest victory in the competition’s history when it thrashed Thailand 13-0.
The skill and athleticism of the strongest nation in women’s football, with Alex Morgan scoring five goals, has been forgotten as their flawless display and celebrating has been criticised.
Pundits criticised the American players for both their ruthlessness in dishing out such a defeat, and excessive celebrations late in the game as the goals piled up, ABC News reported.
Former Canada player and broadcaster on Canadian network TSN Kaylyn Kyle said she was “disgusted” at the way the US players conducted themselves in their first match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She received death threats as a result.
This is the last I will comment on this issue.
💕 Kay pic.twitter.com/EsrYxFmDkQ
— Kaylyn Kyle (@KaylynKyle) June 11, 2019
TSN commentator Rob Stone, who suggested they should have “pulled back” once the match was in the bag, was also criticised.
Rob Stone is a huge dork pic.twitter.com/AXM6f92tX2
— Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) June 11, 2019
Another former Canadian international, Clare Rustad, also unleashed on the US team on the TSN coverage.
“I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn’t manage to do that,” she said.
The USWNT displayed poor sportsmanship excessively celebrating many of the 13 goals against a 34th ranked team. It has nothing to do with the final score. You are one of the best teams in the world. Act like it. And yeah, I definitely would have said the same about a men’s team.
— Clare Rustad (@ClareRustad) June 11, 2019
— WoSo Comps (@WoSo_Comps) June 11, 2019
Leading 3-0 at half-time, the world number one women’s football nation exploded after the break, scoring four goals in 10 minutes, before adding another six in the final quarter of an hour. Some of Thailand players left the pitch in tears.
Not really looking forward to the sportsmanship discourse after this one (or the UConn debate) but maybe a result like this forces meaningful discussion in 2019 about the disparities in the #FIFAWWC
— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) June 11, 2019
US football writer Kim McCauley said the result was an uncomfortable one, but the US players were not to blame.
That USWNT result did feel gross, but not because the USWNT did anything wrong. It's because FIFA and FAs don't do anything for women's soccer and allow disparities like that to exist.
— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) June 11, 2019
Former US women’s footballer Yael Averbuch West provoked a storm when she said on Twitter:
The bottom line is that this game was not fair or ideal for either team. The #USWNT shouldn’t even have to consider not playing & celebrating 100%. Thailand shouldn’t be competing from such a disadvantaged position (support & funding). Both did their best given the situation
— Yael Averbuch West (@Yael_Averbuch) June 11, 2019
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, and one of the US’ greatest female football players, Abby Wambach,perhaps got it right when she tweeted:
Really respecting the game and what you’ve worked for is to do your best at ALL times. This is a call to @FIFAcom to do more and give more resources for some of these countries. It’s the World Cup folks. Would you say this about the men? Didn’t think so.
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 11, 2019
Judge for yourselves if the celebrations were a tad over the top.