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Abby Wambach defends USA's 13 goals against Thailand in World Cup opener  2 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

The United States Women's National team trounced Thailand 13-0 in its 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup opener on Tuesday, causing many to question the sportsmanship of the U.S. for running up the score.

Abby Wambach, a veteran of four World Cups and the leading goal scorer in U.S. women's soccer history with 184, quickly came to the defense of Team USA on Twitter.

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there first World Cup goal, and they should be excited," Wambach tweeted. "Imagine it being you out there. This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate. Would you tell a men’s team to not score or celebrate?"

Alex Morgan, Wambach's former teammate, led the way for the U.S. with five goals.

Wambach, who retired from international competition in 2015, defended Morgan, calling her last two goals "world class prep touches."

Wambach was not as kind to FIFA, calling on soccer's governing body to do more to help developing countries like Thailand. She also called out fans who criticized the USWNT players, saying they would not do the same thing during a men's game. 

The U.S. plays Chile in its second Group state match at noon on Sunday.

Wambach, who scored 14 goals in World Cup play, scored a career-best five goals against Ireland in a 5-0 win on Oct. 23, 2004.

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