(Reuters) – U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe on Wednesday defended her under-fire staff mates’ exuberant celebrations throughout their file 13-Zero World Cup victory over Thailand in Reims.
Opinion was break up following the one-sided match, with some applauding the Individuals for staying centered all through, whereas others felt they need to have eased off or not celebrated their objectives with such enthusiasm.
Former U.S. worldwide Taylor Twellman, now a TV analyst, hit out on the gamers for his or her celebrations towards beleaguered opponents.
“Celebrating objectives (like #9) leaves a bitter style in my mouth like a lot of you. Curious to see if anybody apologizes for this postgame,” Twellman tweeted to his 327,000 followers.
Rapinoe, who celebrated her staff’s ninth purpose by sliding to the bottom earlier than leaping into the arms of the U.S. substitutes on the sidelines, instructed Fox Sports activities she understood the criticism “partially”, however defended her staff mates.
“If anybody needs to come back at our staff for not doing the best factor, not taking part in the best means, not being the best ambassador for the game, they will come at us,” Rapinoe stated. “I feel our solely crime was an explosion of pleasure final night time.
“If our crime is pleasure, then we’ll take that.”
Co-Captain Alex Morgan instructed ESPN that “you possibly can by no means have everybody love you,” when requested about a few of the crucial feedback leveled at her staff for the on-field celebrations and the 13-Zero drubbing.
“For the celebrations — these are objectives that we’ve got dreamt of our total life,” Morgan stated. “I couldn’t have dreamt of scoring 5 objectives in a World Cup.
“I’m completely satisfied simply ignoring these feedback.”
The U.S.’s subsequent World Cup match is towards Chile on Sunday at Paris’ Parc des Princes.
Reporting By Ossian Shine and Amy Tennery; Modifying by Toby Davis