Morgan scored five goals in the game, the golden girl from California has probably made sure of the golden boot after just one game. Or at least its sports broadcasters are. For a handful of players, not only was it their first World Cup goal, but their first World Cup match. This did not sit well with former Canada star Kaylyn Kyle, who compared Morgan to an all-time great Canadian striker.
The criticism wasn't isolated north of the border, with two former USA men's team stars giving their counterparts a little kick.
Members of the women's national team entered World Cup play amid a pending federal gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. I love it. But the soccer gods can be cruel and vindictive. While some criticized the team for turning in what looks like a lopsided football score (despite goal differential being part of the tiebreaker for an easier draw in the knockout stage), Kyle focused on the celebrations. The United States team, for which she plays (obviously), beat Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics after a grueling tournament.
"Tonight we knew that every goal could matter in these group stage games", Morgan said.
"When it comes to celebrations, this was a really good team performance tonight". Athletes should always play to their skill level.
Her five goals against the Thais not only move Morgan to top scorer of the competition but also make her the second player in the history of the Women's World Cup to hit five goals in the same match, tying her compatriot Michelle Akers, who scored five goals in a game against China in the 1991 World Cup. "For me it´s disrespectful, it´s disgraceful".
US women's soccer coach Jill Ellis said her players didn't consider pulling back because it would disrespect their opponent. "I think it was important for us to celebrate with each other".
The U.S. outshot Thailand 30-2 (21-2 in shots on target) and had 75 percent possession.