'Stop judging these women' - Wambach defends USA's excessive celebrations during Thailand thumping

U.S. women's soccer

Former Canadian worldwide Kaylyn Kyle says she has received death threats for her TV criticism of the USA team for excessive goal celebrations in a 13-0 rout of 34th-ranked Thailand at the Women's World Cup in France.

The US team scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they bettered Germany´s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0.

U.S striker Alex Morgan, who scored five goals in the game, was asked about her team's celebrations in the post-match press conference.

Rapinoe scored the ninth goal for the title-holders, one of 10 in the second half as the U.S. surpassed the tournament record of 11-0, set by Germany against Argentina in 2007.

"We have to look at the group stage as every goal counts and it was important for us to continue to go", said Morgan. "For me it´s disrespectful, it´s disgraceful". Social media users agreed. "But we also feel like we've got more to do".

"A classless victor is worse than a sore loser, regardless of gender", said one tweet.

USA Today columnist Nancy Armour also had no time for the critics.

"Take the pearl clutching and righteous indignation somewhere else".

"I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn't manage to do that", Rustad said on TSN's broadcast of the match.

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"I respect Thailand, I celebrate that they are here".

"I think it's disrespectful if we don't show up and give our best and play our game for 90 minutes", she said.

"We played against the Americans before where you have a player like Christine Sinclair scoring three goals and she would never even think about counting how many goals she has on one hand", Kyle said.

Thailand´s deflated coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien said she had no excuses, adding: "We accept that they are better".

However, if they win the group, they could end up facing hosts France in the quarter-finals.

"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point", Ellis said.

After watching Sweden take a lead in group play with a 2-0 win over Chile, the USA women responded by dismantling Thailand.

Sweden face the hapless Thais next in Group F, while Chile are the next to face the USA firepower on Sunday. China defeated the United States 1-0. Morgan first had a goal disallowed inside the first ten minutes due to a VAR check for offside, but she got her first of the day off a cross from right back Kelley O'Hara in the 13th minute.

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