Welcome to Tuesday’s roundup of must-see sports headlines, highlighted by the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team’s historic rout to open their 2019 Women’s World Cup campaign which led to questions of whether they went to hard on their opponent.
We also look back on Kevin Durant’s mother defending him against his critics on Twitter and Pedro Martinez breaking down on MLB Network while talking about his close friend David Ortiz.
All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Wednesday!
TOP MOMENT: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Kicks Off 2019 World Cup Campaign With Record-Setting Rout of Thailand
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team opened its defense of the FIFA World Cup title with a statement-setting game right out of the gate, decimating Thailand 13-0. Yes, you read that right. Thirteen goals. The thirteen tallies set a record for goals scored in a single women’s or men’s World Cup game.
The United States had a 3-0 lead at the half but then absolutely poured it on in the second half, scoring a total of ten goals, four of which came in a seven-minute span. Alex Morgan led the way for the Stars and Stripes with five goals. She is just the second player in Women’s World Cup history to net five in one game. Michelle Akers was the first to accomplish the feat in 1991.
The two biggest questions coming out of the first U.S. game will be did they run up the score against Thailand and should they have tempered their goal celebrations late in the second half. Like Fox’s Rob Stone, you could make the argument that the U.S. could have pulled back after going up 7, 8, 9 goals.
Fox’s Rob Stone following the USWNT’s 13-0 win. “This got humiliating at some point. It just became an exercise in target practice…You know what I wanted to do? Pull it back, knock it around.”
– John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) June 11, 2019
But you also have to understand that the rules call for scoring as many goals as teams possibly can in group play, with goal differential being used as a tiebreaker for teams to advance to the knockout stage.
The real gripe seems to center around how the U.S. women were celebrating the goals late in the second half when the game had long been decided. The FOX Soccer crew sided with Team USA, suggesting to “celebrate, …read more
Source:: Daily Times