But the Americans´ wild goal celebrations in such a one-sided game were not to everyone´s taste. But they are facing criticism from some for continuing to exert maximum effort to score late in the contest, and for what critics have deemed to be excessive celebration for the late-match goals. "Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary".
With goal differential a tiebreaker in the group stage, the US was incentivized to score as many goals as it could, but the way the team reacted to several goals late in the match has come under fire. "This is the World Cup, not a rec league tournament", she wrote. "And I believe they wanted us to play them straight up".
"I definitely think we need to keep our feet on the ground and I think we will, but I do think that we created a lot of good energy and that's something that can help carry us forward", said Mewis, the 26-year-old midfielder who was making her World Cup finals debut. "I think it was important for us to celebrate with each other". "It is disgraceful. Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high". You would never say this about a men's team. "Every goal matters in this tournament, and that's what we were working on".
Even U.S. cable news has gotten in on the debate.
"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", the scorer of a record 184 worldwide goals tweeted to her 679,000 followers. The U.S. team is here to win a World Cup.
"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point. It's embarrassing for the federations, and for FIFA as well", said Rapinoe as she reflected on the gulf between the world's top sides and the rest.
"You want the Americans to impose the slaughter rule or patronize their opponents by pretending they didn't just tack another goal onto the scoreline?"
United States of America put Thailand to the sword in Tuesday's record-breaking win as titleholders showed no mercy in their World Cup opener.
As well as Morgan's five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis both scored twice, while there was one goal each for Lindsey Horan, Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and veteran Carli Lloyd. "If US goes on to fail, their behavior will be on a loop", said Alexi Lalas, another former USA worldwide turned TV pundit.
The Americans set another tournament record with four goals in six minutes in the second half. The previous record margin was Germany's 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007.