Megan Rapinoe says Team USA’s ‘only crime was an explosion of joy’ amid criticisms of running up the score at the World Cup

June 12, 2019

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The U.S. Women’s National Team received some criticism for running up the score and what was perceived as excessive celebrations as they beat Thailand, 13-0, in their opening match of the World Cup.
U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe defended the team, saying their “only crime was an explosion of joy.”
Some felt the U.S. was not disrespectful in their scoring and celebrating, but that it would increase the targets on their back in the tournament.
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The U.S. Women’s National Team routed Thailand, 13-0, in its first match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

As the U.S. continued to pour in goals, with little resistance from Thailand, some in the soccer world criticized Team USA for running up the score. That the women’s team also celebrated each goal, sometimes with choreographed moves, only fueled some of the criticisms.

Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina wrote: “To celebrate a goal this way after you’ve made the score 9-0 is so ridiculous and so pathetic that I actually couldn’t believe what I was watching.”

Former Canadian soccer player Kaylyn Kyle said on TSN that the celebrations were “disrespectful” and “disgraceful.”

Read more: Critics are slamming the US Women’s National Soccer Team for celebrating their landslide 13-0 defeat of Thailand — but others have defended the team and say the backlash is sexist

However, after the match, U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe denied that the U.S. did anything wrong, saying their “only crime was an explosion of joy.”

“First of all, this is the World Cup,” Rapinoe said, adding that many of the roster’s players have dreamt of making it there, so they were naturally joyful after scoring.

“Honestly, if anyone wants to come at our team for not doing the right thing, not playing the right …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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