The highlight reel for Team USA's opening match in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 is very long. There was no easing off, no mercy, it was a rout. The lawsuit cited several instances in which pay for US men's team, which has underperformed in recent years, far exceeded compensation for their counterparts on the women's team, who are the reigning World Cup champions.
United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, congratulates teammate Alex Morgan after scoring her fifth goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between the United States and Thailand at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
U.S. Captain Alex Morgan, who scored five of Tuesday's goals and was involved in several others, responded to the criticism.
But after the game, the team received criticism on Canadian sports network TSN from a pair of former Canadian national team players who thought the Americans showed disrespect by continuing to score with the game out of reach, as well as celebrating each goal despite the score being as lopsided as it was. "You're going up against a team that's their first time in the World Cup". Matheson added it should have embarrassed US coach Jill Ellis. "Celebrating goals later in the game like this is just completely unnecessary", Clare Rustad added. They've been denied fair pay compared to their men's team for years and they're out to make a statement about just how good they are, both on the pitch and in the court of public opinion.
"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. I love it. But the soccer gods can be cruel and vindictive.
"Tonight we knew that every goal could matter in these group stage games", Morgan said.
"I found out that we got tickets. For me it´s disrespectful, it´s disgraceful".
U.S. Soccer officials have disputed allegations of gender-based pay discrimination, as well as the lawsuit's assertions that the women's national team generates more revenue for the federation than the men's team.
"We played against the Americans before where you have a player like Christine Sinclair scoring three goals and she would never even think about counting how many goals she has on one hand", Kyle said. "This is part of the growth of the game".
The U.S. plays Chile on Sunday and then plays Sweden next week.