USA draws fire for running up score, celebrating: 'I'm disgusted ... there are kids watching'

The American women's national team played their first World Cup game on Tuesday in dominant, historic fashion.

Their 13-0 victory over Thailand was a record margin for the Women's World Cup and cause for elation for the team and its fans. Alex Morgan's individual tally of five goals tied a tournament record.

But as the US team celebrated turning a 3-0 half-time rout into a new standard for dominant play against overwhelmed opponents, some took umbrage with not only the margin — but the players' continued celebration of the goals after the result was no longer in doubt.

'There are kids watching'

Clare Rustad and Kaylyn Kyle, analysts for Canadian sports network TSN and former players for the Canadian women's national team, had some of the strongest rebukes.

"I just think they could have won with some humility and grace, and they just couldn't manage to do that," Rustad said."Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary."

Kyle grabbed the baton from Rustad and ran full bore into "disgusted" territory.

"What is this?" Kyle responded. "They're the No. 1 team in the world. And for me, I'm disgusted, honestly. You're going up against a team that's their first time in the World Cup. They're just happy to be there. ... I'm embarrassed. I was a female professional athlete. There are kids watching this."

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United States' Carli Lloyd, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring their side's third goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Chile goalkeeper Claudia Endler lunges for the ball to make a safe during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. US won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
United States' Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Chile at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
United States' Carli Lloyd, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between United States and Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Lloyd scored twice in US' 3-0 victory. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, congratulates teammate Alex Morgan after scoring her fifth goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
United States' Alex Morgan, centre, scores her team's fifth goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Mallory Pugh of USA shots to goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Megan Rapinoe of United States of America celebrates with the supporters after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Mallory Pugh of the USA celebrates after scoring her team's eleventh goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Final score on the scoreboard after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Rustad, Kyle weren't alone in criticism

Like with Kyle and Rustad, the score wasn't the primary issue for many critics, but how the players handled themselves and the fact that such a disparate tie was allowed to take place to begin with.

The counter argument

Of course, as with most everything involving social media, there were strongly worded takes on the other side, with many questioning if a men's team would receive the same sort of criticism.

Goal differential is in play

And of course, there's the indisputable point that World Cup teams are incentivised to score as many goals as possible with goal difference acting a tiebreaker — though it's an argument that doesn't address the celebrations.

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