The United States' record 13-0 drubbing of Thailand at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday did not sit well with everybody, with opinion divided on whether the team should have so mercilessly punished a hapless opponent.
"We're at a World Cup and when it comes down to goal differential and winning games, they made their margin as big as they could".
However, such a drubbing clearly got to some members of the vanquished underdogs at the end of the night. "This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote.
Morgan and Nild are not the only "Cal Bers" making a showing at this World Cup, with New Zealand's Betsy Hasset and Daisy Cleverley rounding out the contingent. I think some of it is to do with the fact that they aren't the most popular team out there - there's this perception that the United States of America are arrogant and everything is excessive and over the top with them.
Solo had contract terminated by U.S. Soccer and suspended for six months in 2016, a year after Jill Ellis was appointed interim coach of the team and won the World Cup.
Added Morgan. "Every goal matters in this tournament and that's what we were working on". "Their first time on a World Cup stage, I'd just like to hug them all".
"Whatever we do or say or the way we play, everything is going to be magnified", Morgan said.
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It's just a conversation, a phone call the night before the team was announced. It is just performance-wise, we haven't put in the performances we need.
The U.S. rout over Thailand has given rise to a pair of controversies: (1) should the U.S. have run up the score and (2) should U.S. players have indulged in major celebrations after scoring the late goals. You score as many as you can and don't take the foot off the gas pedal!
The US were expected to win their opening match of the 2019 World Cup, but it was a truly dominant performance in Reims.
"I didn't love 'em", Danny Kanell said on Wednesday's edition of the "Kanell & Bell" podcast.
At the real World Cup, a mismatch like yesterday's is almost impossible.
USA Today columnist Nancy Armour was unapologetic.
"You want the Americans to impose the slaughter rule or patronize their opponents by pretending they didn't just tack another goal onto the scoreline?" 13-0 is unheard of.
Hope Solo hung up her goalkeeping gloves for both club and country three years ago, but she still very much remains a figure in the game. "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA global turned TV pundit.
Rapinoe scored the ninth goal for the title-holders, one of 10 in the second half as the US surpassed the tournament record of 11-0, set by Germany against Argentina in 2007. "Because I'm as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don't get to tell me if I can be here or not", she said. The former National Football League quarterback made headlines when he knelt during the anthem before a game three years ago. The Estonia team could never qualify for the World Cup as that tournament is presently constituted.