Americans face backlash over biggest women’s World Cup win

Alex Morgan of the USA scores her team's fifth goal

Alex Morgan of the USA scores her team's fifth goal

US coach Ellis said it would have been disrespectful to Thailand to ease up despite the huge lead.

So while well-supported teams like the U.S., France and England can legitimately say they're contending for a title, others without those nations' resources make do with moral victories.

In early 2015, Solo was suspended for 30 days by U.S. Soccer after she and her husband were stopped in a U.S. team van that Stevens was driving in California. "And to play one of the best teams in the world, like the US, this is also our success", Srathongvian said.

Look, like I said, the USWNT is ranked #1 in the world and totally won the World Cup the last time around.

Before the opening game with the U.S., Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian suggested the team's real victory at the World Cup could be overall improvement in the women's program back home because of the attention.

Hypothetically speaking, if the USA beats Chile (as Sweden did) and Sweden beats Thailand (as the U.S. did), then the United States and Sweden tie, the actual scores of those games will be taken into account to see which team will be #1 in group F, and which team is #2.

The American players probably knew that they could break the record for the biggest win at a World Cup - there's different targets out there.

Hope Solo hung up her goalkeeping gloves for both club and country three years ago, but she still very much remains a figure in the game. And according to the federation's rankings, Germany is right behind the United States with England raring for their chance. "We have to also strengthen the grassroots of our game".

FIFA has begun to address the issue with its Global Women's Football Strategy, which seeks to double participation in the sport. It also requires federations to create plans to develop the women's game.

The Americans play No. 39 Chile in Paris on Sunday.

We're nearly a week in to the Women's World Cup and so far we've been treated to some stunning displays of skill and athleticism. While so much of the handwringing over the celebrations comes from notions of sportsmanships, there's another reason that the display of power might have been disquieting, and it has nothing to do with whether the women on the U.S side should have run up the score or done coordinated sideline dances after goal number 12, but rather that it illustrates the shocking inequality in women's soccer across the world stage.

"And for the celebrations, these are goals we have dreamt of our entire life", said Morgan, who matched a record set by her compatriot Michelle Akers by scoring five times in a World Cup game.

Former U.S. worldwide Taylor Twellman, now a TV analyst, hit out at the players for their celebrations against beleaguered opponents.

The 37-year-old former goalkeeper did reveal that she had a good relationship with the rest of the coaching staff towards the end of her time with the national team. They are seeking pay equitable with that of the men's national team. "They'll improve from here", said Rapinoe.

"Right now", she said, "this is our sole focus".

"I also think it was class of them to console the Thailand players after the game".

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