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Should the USWNT have stopped celebrating goals against Thailand in World Cup blowout?

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Woo buddy, that was fun. But for some fans, it was apparently too much fun.

The U.S. women’s national team started its 2019 World Cup campaign with an absolute drubbing of Thailand, winning by a record score line of 13-0.

Like many sports, there are unwritten rules of decorum when it comes Playing The Game. Baseball players get upset about things like bat flips and bunting during no-hitters. In soccer, players generally subdue their reactions to goals in lopsided matches or against former clubs.



But this is the World Cup, and the USWNT wasn’t about to cheapen the accomplishment of scoring World Cup goals just because Thailand was severely overmatched. And that was what happened: The USWNT celebrated goals No. 12 and 13 like they were goals No. 1 and 2.

On the ninth goal of the game, Megan Rapinoe had an elaborate bench celebration.

Unsurprisingly, plenty of soccer fans took issue with the celebrations. Fox Sports host Rob Stone went as far as to say that the USWNT should have pulled back after going up huge.

Others focused on the celebrations.



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And it was a reasonable argument in some sense. Why celebrate like that against a far inferior opponent that lacked the support and resources from its federation? But you also have to think of where the USWNT was in that moment: It was the first game of the World Cup. They were playing exceptionally well and having fun playing the game they love.

There shouldn’t be anything wrong with that.

Thailand didn’t stand a chance, and everyone knew that from the opening whistle. Yet, Alex Morgan — who scored five goals — said after the game that they went into the match with the mentality of every goal counting. They at least backed that up.

Could they have toned down the late celebrations? Sure, if they felt like it. But they didn’t. If we really want to see U.S. Soccer players not celebrate goals, there is the USMNT for that.

The USWNT earned their spot as the world’s best. They can celebrate that all they want.



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