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.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 12, 2019

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.

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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.

TSN commentator Rob Stone, who suggested they should have “pulled back” once the match was in the bag, was also criticised.

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.

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.

US football writer Kim McCauley said the result was an uncomfortable one, but the US players were not to blame.

Former US women’s footballer Yael Averbuch West provoked a storm when she said on Twitter:

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:

Judge for yourselves if the celebrations were a tad over the top.