USAWNT record-breaking triumph over Thailand became about to pay equity.
The United States women’s national team (USAWNT) produced the most one-sided result in World Cup history (men’s or women’s) and kicked off their Women’s World Cup title defense on Tuesday, beating Thailand squad 13-0 in Reims, France. Thailand had no answer to the No. 1 ranked team in the world.
- Rose Lavelle (20’,56’)
- Lindsey Horan(32’)
- Sam Mewis (50’,54’)
- Megan Rapinoe(79’)
- Mallory Pugh(84’)
- Carli Lloyd(90+2’)
- Alex Morgan (12’,53’,74’,81’,87’)
Captain Alex Morgan ties Michelle Akers’ single-game scoring record
Triumph against Thailand became about to pay equality
The USAWNT players scored more goals than the men’s national soccer team has scored in every World Cup series since 2006 combined and the achievement has led to increased calls for the women to be paid the same as their male counterparts.
The US women’s soccer team (USAWNT) is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation claiming its members face “purposeful gender discrimination.”
“Here’s an idea: If you win 13-0—the most goals for a single game in World Cup history—you should be paid at least equal to the men’s team,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted after the game
Criticism regarding the celebration
The USAWNT 13-0 win to Thailand inspired confidence but also came under criticism from some who felt the team showed poor sportsmanship by celebrating too much.
U.S. women’s soccer coach Jill Ellis said her players didn’t consider pulling back because it disrespects their opponent.
Some commentators said they found women’s play and celebrations embarrassing.
Eniola Aluko defended the women’s performance, saying it’s their job “to win, not to make football more comforting for you.”
The U.S. plays Chile on Sunday and then plays Sweden next week and will look to defend their prestigious world champions title