Megan Rapinoe wins FIFA, calls to change the world.there are two arguments here after team USA’s dominant and historical 13-0 win over Thailand at the World Cup. One, the fact that the red, white, and blue ran the score up to 13 goals on the day. Two, the fact that the celebrations kept coming as the score continued to rise.  Some saw it as selfish and unsportsmanlike. Others, a complete dominate performance.  Let’s first talk about the amount of goals the United States put up.  For those of you who are maybe just dipping their toe in the World Cup, there is more to advancing in this tournament than just a “W” at the end of the game. The amount of goals you score also is a factor, and a big one.Read More                                                                                                                                    If there was a situation where there was a tie between one or two teams in a particular group, the tie breaker is goal differential.  Looking specifically at Group F (USA, Sweden, Chile, and Thailand), the United States is at the top but just behind them is Sweden and they can run up a score just as powerful as the U.S. So yes, scoring goals and scoring a lot of them is important in this best-of-the-best tournament.   After the 13-0 victory,Heather O’Reilly explained that it can be seen as a sign of disrespect to “let up” in competition. “It’s the best way to show respect [to your opponent]. These countries need to improve and Thailand will improve.”  To say that the U.S. should have stalled, played keep away, worked the ball around, is a sign of disrespect to your opponent. Play the game as it’s meant to be played: go for goals. We see this all the time in sports. Players getting pumped up after a big time play. Jayson Tatum tomahawk jammed over LeBron and then screamed in his face. Allen Iverson hit a step back.

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