U.S Women’s Soccer Team Criticised After Breaking World Cup Records In Debut Match, 2019

If you think Women’s World Cup is not as exciting as men’s and you still haven’t tuned into this year’s, it’s time to reconsider, especially after yesterday’s match. The US Women’s National soccer team scored the most goals ever in a single World Cup match for both men and women.

The Americans, one of the strongest teams in the tournament and the defending champions had beaten Thailand brutally with 13-0 in its first match of the 2019 tournament. After referees ruled off-sides what would have been US’s first goal by Alex Morgan in the fifth minute, the striker scored with a header in the 12th minute. Midfielders Rose Lavelle and Lindsay Horan too scored one goal apiece in the first half.

In the later half, the Americans were scoring every couple of minutes. Midfielder Sam Mewis and forward Megan Rapinoe joined the party after scoring two goals and one goal respectively. Lavelle scored another goal in the 56th minute as Morgan racked up four more. The last two goals were added by substitutes Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd.

However, the team has gone from being on the offensive to being on the defensive. After their win over Thailand, all the American players met with much criticism for celebrating too much, even after the match got out of hand. Morgan was seen counting her goals on her fingers as she rattled them in. Even Rapinoe sprinted to the sidelines and indulged in a pre-planned celebration as she scored USA’s ninth goal against the Thai part-timers.

The US Women’s team has been dominating the sport for decades, winning three World Cups, four gold medals in the Olympics, and being ranked No. 1 by FIFA for 10 of the last 11 years. Even then, the best women’s soccer team in world is fighting for equal pay. All the players are currently engaged in a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation while claiming that the women’s team faces ‘purposeful gender discrimination’. But despite their history of successes on the field, the Federation pays women players far less than men, in fact, the group pays men more when they lose than it plays women when they win.

The United States Women National Team will take on Chile o Sunday in Paris.