USWNT celebration debate hijacked by death threats


The full-blown debate over the US Women’s National Team’s blowout of Thailand in its World Cup opener is getting out of hand on both sides.

While the Americans have faced plenty of criticism for continuing to celebrate their goals in a 13-0 win on Tuesday, one critic said she has received death threats for her comments on the matter.

“To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record STRAIGHT!” TSN World Cup analyst and former Canadian national player Kaylyn Kyle tweeted Wednesday. “I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!!! PLEASE WATCH FULL SEGMENT! I said the exact opposite. IT’S THE WORLD CUP. You score as many as you can and don’t take the foot off the gas pedal!”

On the broadcast, Kyle didn’t criticize the USWNT for running up the score, but she did call them out for excessively celebrating the goals after it was already 8-0.

“As a Canadian, we would just never ever think of doing something like that,” Kyle said during the game. “For me, it’s disrespectful, it’s disgraceful. Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high.”

Goal differential can serve as a tiebreaker in the group stage of the tournament, so the importance of the goals could not be questioned. But the celebrations that continued with each one irked some observers, more than just Kyle.

“This was disgraceful from the United States,” TSN analyst and former Canadian national midfielder Clare Rustad said. “I would have hoped they could have won with humility and grace but celebrating goals 8, 9, and 10 the way they were doing is really unnecessary.”

The USWNT, meanwhile, has doubled down on the way they reacted.

“I think our only crime was an explosion of joy last night,” forward Megan Rapinoe said. “We’ve been pretty pent up, as well. We’ve had kind of a heavy lead-up, obviously everything off the field… So, if our crime is joy, then we’ll take that.”