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Who Was Correct in the USA Women’s World Cup Drubbing of Thailand?

Coggin Toboggan - June 12, 2019

The USA women’s national team DEMOLISHED Thailand yesterday 13-0 in the Women’s World Cup, setting off a firestorm on social media about good sportsmanship and running up the score against an inferior team. Should the U.S. women have taken their foot off the gas against a clearly inferior Thailand women’s team? Or was the 13 goal outburst appropriate?

Two Crossing Broad columnists share their opinions on the USA victory after the jump:

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Zach Ertz Off to France to Support His Wife at the Women’s World Cup

Russ Joy - June 12, 2019

Fresh off a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand in the Women’s World Cup, the US Women’s National Team is about to add to their supporters section. Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is heading to France to support his wife Julie Ertz and her teammates ahead of their Sunday tilt with Chile at the Parc de Princes in Paris.

Ertz told the Associated Press:

“It’s awesome being married to Julie, being able to support the people we love doing what they love to do. I’ve seen all the work she does each and every day and I’ve seen all the adversity she’s faced over the past seven years we’ve been together. I’ve seen the injuries. I’ve seen her cry. I’ve seen the blood. I’ve seen the tears. Because she loves the game so much, I’m so invested in seeing her succeed. That hard work is paying off.”

Rewind just over a year and it was a reversal of roles with Julie learning of the Eagles’ triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in the aftermath of a USWNT victory:

It’s pretty awesome to see a couple of high-profile athletes supporting each other on and off the pitch/field. Sure, people took the USWNT’s 13-0 victory and subsequent goal celebrations as the biggest heel turn since Danerys Targaryen burned Kings Landing to the ground after the bells of surrender had been rung, but I’ll still support the team. It’s the American thing to do.

Team USA Only Did One Thing Wrong While Beating the Brakes Off of Thailand

Kevin Kinkead - June 12, 2019

The U.S. women scored 13 goals in their opening round World Cup win against Thailand on Tuesday, setting a new record in the process.

That resulted in a bazillion Twitter hot takes and 5,000-word think pieces about running up the score, American sporting culture, gender inequality, and whatever other topics people could think of.

Trying to keep it a little more simple, without going off on 35 tangents, here are some thoughts on what transpired yesterday:

  1. Goal differential is a tiebreaker in World Cup group play. Therefore, it’s logical to score as much as possible. Sweden is also going to crush Thailand, so it was important for the U.S. to build up their +/- number right off the bat.
  2. As such, the scoring was fine, but the celebrating that bothered me. They were cheering goal #10 as if it was goal #1, and that came off as a little bush league, in my opinion. If you’re generally superstitious and/or believe in karma, things like that might come back to bite a team in the ass, or simply provide motivation for future opponents.
  3. Put me in the camp of people who feel as though taking your foot off the pedal is disrespectful to the opponent. If I’m Thailand, I’d be more insulted if the U.S. stopped playing and just tried to kick the ball around for the last 30 minutes of the game.
  4. There is much less parity in women’s soccer than men’s soccer. Nascent programs like Thailand aren’t on the same level as the U.S., France, and Japan, so to compare the women’s World Cup to the men’s World Cup is generally a fruitless exercise, since there’s less competition across the board.
  5. You play to win the game, as Herm Edwards once said.
  6. One of the overarching pre-tournament themes was that people felt like the U.S. needed to begin by making a statement, which they did.
  7. On the uber-rare chance that the U.S. men scored 13 goals in a game, they’d be judged the same exact way as the women. There’s no “patriarchal” thing going on here.

To that final point, I’d probably agree with Alexi here, after the jump:

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The U.S. Women Just Scored 13 Goals in a World Cup Game

Kevin Kinkead - June 11, 2019

Thailand was not a World Cup 2019 favorite, but holy smokes did they get steamrolled this afternoon by the United States.

Our ladies set a tournament record by scoring 13 goals in their opener, a game that was pretty much over after five minutes of play.

Here’s the list of goal scorers:

  • Alex Morgan (12′, 53′, 74′, 81′, 87′)
  • Rose Lavelle (20′, 56′)
  • Lindsey Horan (32′)
  • Sam Mewis (50′, 54′)
  • Megan Rapinoe (79′)
  • Mallory Pugh (84′)
  • Delran, New Jersey’s Carli Lloyd (90+2′)

Team USA took 39 shots and put 20 on goal while Thailand mustered two. Ten of the U.S. goals came in the 2nd half alone.

It appears as though the U.S. women are not messing around. They are looking to become world champions…

….world fucking champions.