Former Canadian soccer player Kaylyn Kyle received death threats over USWNT criticism

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Holders the United States began their defence of the women's World Cup by crushing Thailand 13-0 but their joyous celebrations of the tournament's record win triggered a backlash today.

Alex Morgan scored five times as US recorded the biggest win in Women's World Cup history in Reims on Tuesday, but the manner of their one-sided victory drew flak on social media, with American players criticised for over-celebrating their rampant humiliation of inferior opposition.

Former American worldwide Taylor Twellman, however, criticised the team on social media, believing the side's goal celebrations in Reims were excessive.

With goal differential a tiebreaker in the group stage, the USA 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. "Curious to see if anyone apologises for this postgame", Twellman tweeted to his 327,000 followers.

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Kyle said later on social media she had received death threats for her comments, but repeated that she felt the Americans' celebrations were "excessive and disrespectful".

"To be respectful to opponents is to play hard against them", Ellis told reporters.

"A lot of this is about building momentum and so as a coach I don't find it my job to rein my players in".

"For me, it's disrespectful and disgraceful. This is part of the growth of the game".

USA captain Megan Rapinoe garnered plenty of criticism for her extravagant celebration after scoring the ninth goal of the match; she ran towards her team's bench with her arms out like an airplane, spun around, and went to the ground while kicking her feet together in the air.

Record global goalscorer Abby Wambach also defended her former team mates.

"For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is there [sic] first World Cup goal, and they should be excited", Wambach tweeted.

Many Twitter users also criticised the show of joy with the hashtag "UglyAmericans". Imagine it being you out there.

Ratings for the first two days of the Women's World Cup in the US were reportedly up 11 percent.

Rob Stone, meanwhile, the host of the Fox Sports World Cup coverage on American television, sided with Twellman.

"This is a world championship, so every team here has been fantastic to get to this point". "You know what I wanted to do?"

Former U.S. global Abby Wambach, whose world goal-scoring record is being chased by Canadian captain Christine Sinclair, also defended the scoreline.

The Norwegians are without world player of the year Ada Hegerberg who refuses to play for her country because she says her national federation does not take the women's team seriously.

The U.S. team cancelled a scheduled training session Wednesday.

The top five finishers at the Asian qualifier advanced to the 24-team World Cup.

"The U.S. team each and every time the whistle blows is going to score as many goals as possible".