U.S. women criticized after historic World Cup opener

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Megan Rapinoe of the United States of America slides to control the ball during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between United States of America and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France on June 11, 2019.

Tuesday's result in Reims marked the largest margin of victory in tournament history. And the top-ranked Americans did not hold back on the celebrations as they began defence of their World Cup crown. "So, if our crime is joy, then we'll take that".

As one of the world's most recognized female athletes, she had appeared in TV spots and magazine covers, both in uniform and bikini. That could be the humble Canadian in us that's also saying that.

"To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against them", Ellis told reporters.

Kyle said: "Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high".

"Personally I think if you're putting in as much work as you put in to get to a World Cup - and for a lot of those players that was their first World Cup goals - by all means celebrate", she said. "For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful", she said on air.

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Solo added: "My favorite goal celebrations are the ones that come naturally because you really see the passion from the player".

I have to say I've been surprised to see some of the reaction to the US team's celebrations during the 13-0 win against Thailand. "Everyone is allowed there [sic] opinions towards my thoughts 100 per cent but please leave the death threats!" "What I thought was so classy was after the end of the game, Carli Lloyd went up to the Thailand goalkeeper, and she put her arm around her and walked her off the field".

Former Canadian worldwide player Kaylyn Kyle, working as an analyst for Canada's TSN at the tournament, said on air: "As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that".

"I'm all about passion and I think as a Canadian we would never think about doing something like that", said Kyle.

"Obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup".

"I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!"

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USA coach Jill Ellis also questioned why the team was making waves for the goal scoring.

The ruthlessness of the United States of America team is what every other side in France should aspire to have too.

The USA's unpopularity among some nations was also revealed yesterday as the team were accused of "classless" and over-zealous celebrations during their emphatic win over Thailand.

The US team scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they bettered Germany's 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0.

Hence, mismatches like the U.S. -Thailand farce.

Alex Morgan of the US celebrates scoring their twelfth goal with Megan Rapinoe.

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As little as the USA women report earning, they're paid far more than women across the world, according to World Cup players who shared their earnings with the New York Times.

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