Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Canadian players say score all you want, but tone down the celebrations

Canadian players say score all you want, but tone down the celebrations

Cameras caught her stoically standing silent as her teammates put their hands over their hearts and sang the national anthem before Tuesday's Women's World Cup game against Thailand.

Midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who has 185 caps, said she didn't watch the USA game so was somewhat in the dark.

"To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record straight", she wrote on Twitter.

Diana Matheson, who is missing the World Cup through injury, took a shot at the USWNT and in particular the team's head coach on Canadian television network TSN following the game.

Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as the holders began their World Cup campaign with the largest margin of victory in either the men's or women's World Cup.

I've seen enough of the US team to know that if there's an act to get into, Megan Rapinoe, the flamboyant star midfielder, is probably going to get into it.

"Should the USA have taken their foot off the pedal against Thailand?"

"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that ..."

"For me, it's disrespectful and disgraceful".

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While some criticised the team for turning in what looks like a lopsided National Football League score (despite goal differential being part of the tiebreaker for an easier draw in the knockout stage), Kyle focused on the celebrations. But the celebrations that continued with each one irked some observers, more than just Kyle.

Ex-USA global Abby Wambach has defended her former team-mates, insisting they "should be excited" to score at a World Cup, but Kyle's fellow TSN pundits Clare Rustad and Diana Matheson felt Jill Ellis' side crossed a line.

Forward Janine Beckie, a dual U.S. "I think we wouldn't back off either if were getting the goal-scoring opportunities".

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

"And I couldn't have dreamt of scoring five goals in a World Cup".

The U.S. team is here to win a World Cup. "I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties", the athlete claimed at the time.

Retired American worldwide Taylor Twellman, now an ESPN analyst, tweeted he had zero problems with the scoreline given "this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like 9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you".

The US team has also been harshly criticized for bad sportsmanship after blatantly celebrating for scoring 13 goals.

The U.S. outshot Thailand 30-2 (21-2 in shots on target) and had 75 percent possession.

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