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Too Much Celebrating From USWNT?

Alex Donno
June 12, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Team USA dismantled Thailand in their opening game of the 2019 Women's World Cup. 

It's not only the 13-0 scoreline that has everyone talking, but the way they celebrated along the way. 

Was it excessive? 

Every single goal was celebrated on the pitch like it was a game winner, even those that put Team USA into double digits. 

This particular moment from team captain Megan Rapinoe went viral:

Personally, I didn't think it was offensiv. I thought it was odd.

The USWNT are favored to win this tournament and were favored to beat the Thai by five goals. It was like watching a varsity team beat up on a JV squad, so I was not expecting those wild emotions to come from goals scored once the game was way out of reach. 

The phrase, "act like you've been there before," comes to mind. 

My criticism ends there, though.

No, I don't think they owe Thailand or the rest of the world an apology for a lack of sportsmanship. These are professional athletes, not children.

And no, I'm not mad about the USA "running up the score." Goal differential can be used as a tiebreaker in the group stage, so it's your responsibility to score as many goals as possible during those ninety minutes. 

What do you think? Was it classless, strange, unnecessary... or did you love every second of it?