The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team just made history in the World Cup by scoring the most goals in a game with their 13-0 win against Thailand. Happiness over their victory was cut short when they found themselves being criticized over celebrating each of their 13 goals. Some found it to be over the top and overall disrespectful.
Among those sharing this opinion is Fox Sports analyst Ariane Hingst. The German two-time world cup champion recalled when Germany won 11-0 against Argentina and how they remained humble. She stated that even though they were winning they didn’t celebrate as much after such a big lead. She believes the U.S. Women’s National Team could have turned down their celebration.
However, Fox Sports analysts Alexi Lalas and Cat Whitehill disagreed. Lalas stated, “They are not here to make friends, they are here to win.” Whitehill chimed in saying, “It would be more disrespectful to not celebrate the goals because then it’s like you feel pity for the other team.” When confronted about the issue, coach Jill Ellis had a lot to say. “I think to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents… As a coach, I don’t find it my job to harness my players and rein them in because of this is what they’ve dreamed about. This is it for them, this is a world championship… If this is 10-0 in a men’s World Cup, are we getting the same questions?”
She brings up a really good point. Male soccer players are known for their celebrations; especially when they get excited and take their shirts off. They know they are not supposed to do this and yet somehow we still see it from time to time. Why is this happening? Simple, pure adrenaline. Nothing compares to representing your country and scoring a goal at the world cup. When Alex Morgan was asked about the goals and celebrations; she said: “We knew that every goal could matter in this group stage game and when it comes to celebrations, this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together.”
This is an important aspect that people are ignoring. The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team wants to maintain their throne as women’s World Cup champions. To do this they have to make as many goals as possible to keep a favorable position in their group. Even if they win, another team could score more goals in a game and become the group leader. This determines which team they play next and how difficult their path to victory will be.
Another aspect to be considered is that the U.S. Women’s National Team is in a current lawsuit against the soccer federation for not being paid equally as men. Those 13 goals were a validation that they deserve to be paid the same as the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. At the end of the day, each team is responsible for how they played. The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team played an excellent game and they deserved to be happy about their victory. Thailand was not prepared and admitted they did not have the same resources and players available in their country as the United States. Each team is responsible for knowing their opponent the best they can so they don’t find themselves in a situation of losing by 13 goals.